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TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 6, Edition 3

In TD:D Blog Carnival on December 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Welcome to another edition of the TD:D Blog Carnival!

I hope that you are all taking some time to rest and enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. If you have some writing goals this Winter, check out the posts below for some helpful hints.

Enjoy this week’s posts and make sure to check back next week in two weeks for another edition.

This New Research Helps You to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing by Darko

“Procrastination is a topic commonly discussed in the writer’s community. Yet, when it comes to the evidence presented to back up specific claims on procrastination, it all comes down to opinions. No specific studies are mentioned nor the things we can learn from these studies. Maybe because people aren’t aware of them.”

How to Write Forever by Doing the Impossible by Joel Runyon

“Occasionally, I hit a spot where I just don’t feel like writing and nothing seems to flow. I’ll want to write forever, but I start 4 or 5 different pieces and they all end up incomplete. I can’t really get behind anything and every time I sit down to write and I’m just full of blah.”

One of the Best Writing Tips Ever: Spin Class! by Holly Robinson

“Two of the most common questions people ask writers are: (1) When do you write? And (2) what do you do if you get writer’s block? When I see these questions headed my way — whether from a friend, a student, a book club member, or a radio talk show host — I freeze like a possum crossing in front of a bicycle.”

The TD:D blog carnival is published weekly on Thursdays.

If you would like to submit a post for the TD:D blog carnival, email your link to tododissertation[at]gmail[dot]com by the previous Wednesday at noon.

TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 6, Edition 2

In TD:D Blog Carnival on December 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Welcome to another edition of the TD:D Blog Carnival!

I’ve been looking for some great posts on time management lately as I tackle finishing my dissertation, moving, and starting a new job.  I hope you find the posts below as helpful as I did!

Enjoy this week’s posts and make sure to check back next week for another edition.

Time Management

You Can’t Plan Your Time if You Don’t Know Where You Spend It by ProtoScholar

“I was talking to some new students and realized something.  One of the reasons we fail to integrate our school work into our lives is because we really don’t have an idea of how long things are going to take in the first place!”

The First Half Hour of the Morning by Kathleen Fitzpatrick

“This is a lesson that I’ve had to re-learn repeatedly. I’ll find myself, about mid-semester, having a hard time squeezing any writing into my schedule, and it will only slowly dawn on me that the situation is being worsened, if not created, by the fact that I’m starting my day in crisis-management mode, which is a mode I can never get out of once it’s set in.”

Top 10 Ways to Upgrade Your Morning Routine by Kevin Purdy

“Never feel like there’s enough time in the morning? Find yourself struggling to get up or into work mode? We know the feeling. Try out these tips on waking up, getting energized, and getting things done in the early hours.”

Geek to Live: Control Your Workday by Gina Trapani

“It’s easy to lose a day checking email, going to meetings and putting out fires only to find you haven’t gotten started on your Most Important Task at 5 or 6 or 7PM. There is a better way.”

The Writing Life

How Labeling and Hyperbole Sabotage Your Writing Productivity by Hillary Rettig

“Perfectionists, being drawn to reductiveness, dichotomization and rigidity, love labels. But the labels they use are almost always harmful in that they either denigrate the writer or increase the pressure she feels around her work.”

Get Your Eagle Eye On: 10 Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work by Leah McClellan

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a freelancer, a blogger, a student, or anyone who writes for any reason. Most of us don’t have proofreaders or a skilled family member or friend to help us out on a regular basis. And if you’re submitting work to an agent or publisher or a big blog for consideration, why let typos and mistakes clutter and cloud the brilliant work you want them to read? Any time you write something, you want readers to enjoy and appreciate your masterpiece. It’s your baby, an extension of yourself. Take good care of it.”

The TD:D blog carnival is published weekly on Thursdays.

If you would like to submit a post for the TD:D blog carnival, email your link to tododissertation[at]gmail[dot]com by the previous Wednesday at noon.

TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 6, Edition 1

In TD:D Blog Carnival, Uncategorized on December 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

Welcome to another edition of the TD:D Blog Carnival!

It’s snowing in my neck of the woods and I’m looking forward to creating a warm and inviting writing cave at home this weekend.  If you are doing the same, or if you are in a sunnier climate, happy writing!

Enjoy this week’s posts and make sure to check back next week for another edition.

Writing Tips

5 Tips for Productively Editing Your Writing by Delia Lloyd

“This tips list goes out to all of you fellow travelers who have something you need to edit — it could be a poem, a short story, heck, even an office memo — and, like me, you need to find your mojo.”

Breaking Writer’s Block – Ten Tips to Get You Back on a Writing Roll by Patricia Benesh

“How to get it moving again? Experts recommend breaking the problem into smaller pieces — and tackling a small bit at a time. Also, have a buddy who can help motivate you and push things along. Perhaps it’s another writer or a writing coach. Methods, such as these, seem to work.”

The Writing Life

In Praise of the Daily Walk by Multiple Authors

“A brisk half hour walk a day will keep you healthy – and sane – say researchers. Eight [writers] reveal what walking means to them.”

The Making of a Novel: Giving Thanks by Jennie Nash

“I love that writers and editors all over the web are thankful for specific writer-related things, and I’ve gathered here a list of some of the best lists.”

The TD:D blog carnival is published weekly on Thursdays.

If you would like to submit a post for the TD:D blog carnival, email your link to tododissertation[at]gmail[dot]com by the previous Wednesday at noon.