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TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 9, Edition 2

In TD:D Blog Carnival, Uncategorized on April 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

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

I’ve been hard at work crafting a book proposal for my dissertation – my deadline is June 1st – so I’m sorry things have been a little quiet around here!  I hope your writing is going well and that you find something useful from the links below.

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

Recover from Writing Burn Out: 18 Tips for Writing with Gusto by Tess Marshall

“Burnout can be described as severe exhaustion, feeling depleted, running on empty and lack of inspiration and motivation. Frankly, you feel like you don’t give a damn.  You begin doubting your capabilities and the value of your work. Your enthusiasm and energy have vanished.”

3 Paradigm Shifts to Help Make Your Writing Meaningful by Ollin Morales

“Because all of today’s bad news is making you feel less and less like your writing means anything in the grand scheme of things. Which in the end makes you stop writing. And in that way your existential crisis has EVERYTHING  to do with your writing.”

Fear and Loathing in Academia by Denise Horn

“This month’s question regarding life balance—how we deal with writer’s block—started me thinking about how I feel about writing. It’s always been an important part of my life, but in my career as an academic, writing has become my biggest source of anxiety.”

What to Do When You Hit a Wall by Joel Runyon

Walls come up a lot in life. The difference between the people that do the impossible and those that don’t, are that the people that do the impossible, don’t let the walls stop them.”

5 Steps to Overcoming Writer Regression by Ollin Morales

“We’ve all had those moments when we’ve felt like we’re taking two steps back, instead of one step forward.”

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

TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 9, Edition 1

In TD:D Blog Carnival on April 1, 2011 at 10:18 am

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

Update from last Blog Carnival: I got my two article submitted and they are under review!  Also, just got another round of snow today.  I wish it was an April Fool’s joke, but alas, there were at least two inches outside this morning.  I’m hoping for a sunny weekend!

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

How to create a to-do list that helps you get tasks accomplished by Erin

“Making an effective to-do list can be like drawing a picture — some days you produce a great work of art and other days you make something only suitable for the trash. Obviously, the goal is to produce 365 pieces of great art a year.”

Tips for Fighting Writer’s Block by The Writers at the University of Venus

“Our question of the month comes to us from Ana Dinescu: ‘How do you fight writer’s block?'”

Seven Books on Writing for Any Writer by Deanna Fei

“I thought it might be a worthwhile project to comb my bookshelves and poll writer friends to compile this list of books on writing that have guided us in the right direction at the right time.”

F–k Yeah Dissertation by Anonymous Graduate Student

“There are times when I want to curl up under a blanket and hide from my work and the world, but other times, something I write makes me say to myself, “Fuck yeah! I can do this!” FYD is dedicated to creating more of those moments.”

How to write 1000 words a day (and not go bat shit crazy) by Dr Inger Mewburn

“Recently I Tweeted a link to an article called “How to write 1000 words a day for your blog” which I thought had some good productivity tips for thesis writers. @webnemesis wrote back: “ would like to see someone write a blog post on how to write 1000 words of substance for yr dissertation every day”. Of course I answered: ‘Challenge? Accepted!’

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

TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 8, Edition 3

In TD:D Blog Carnival on March 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

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

I’m in heavy article/chapter/essay revision mode folks!  It’s my institution’s Spring Break and I’m working toward having two articles submitted to journals before the end of the week.  What are your Spring Break plans?

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

A Simple Guide to Overcoming Obstacles by Tammy

“I’ve discovered that surmounting any obstacle means you have to look for solutions. Personally, I tend to make things too complex. So by focusing on four simple strategies I’ve been able to conquer a lot of problems, from small to big.”

The Ultimate Playlist to Get You in the Writing Mood by Ollin Morales

“Now, I’m not one of those writers who can listen to music while he writes {I need absolute focus}, but I am one of those writers who sometimes needs a little music to get him in the right ‘writing mood.'”

Everything Will Conspire to Stop You… So What? by Robert Bruce

“There are endless reasons and ways. You’ve got three kids. You’ve got three teeth. The rent is four months past due. You’re a big hit at the office.  She left last week. The engine won’t turn over. You just aren’t feeling it.”

Organizing Drafts by protoscholar

“Coming from a software background, the only thing that kept me from using an open-source source code management system was that I didn’t want to spend the time setting the tool up.  Instead, I fell back on file naming conventions and backup schemes that ensured nothing could be lost.”

6 Key Steps to Finding Your Passion as a Writer by Barrie Davenport

“By definition, writers are passionate creatures. Your days are spent huddled over a keyboard, tap tap tapping out portions of your soul and nuggets of your imagination. If you don’t truly love writing, it is darn near impossible to be a good writer.”

7 Simple Ways to Ease Your Writing Stress by Ollin Morales

“After I finished reading over my first draft, I felt overwhelmed. My novel was still so far away from where I wanted it to be.”

Four Critical Points for Writers by John Shore

“Lately I’ve been getting the vibe that a lot of people out there are feeling newly inspired about their writing. Maybe it’s just spring coming on. I dunno. But I do know that the subject of writing and writers is near to my heart (not to mention my everyday work life). So, for what it’s worth, this is for anyone out there lately feeling moved by the writing muse to do your/her/its thing.”

Monk Mind: How to Increase Your Focus by Leo Babauta

“I confess to being as prone to the distractions of the Internet as anyone else: I will start reading about something that interests me and disappear down the rabbit hole for hours (even days) at a time. But my ability to focus on a single task has dramatically improved, and that one habit has changed my life.”

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