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Website Wednesday: Write Anything

In online resources, Website Wednesday on August 25, 2010 at 5:00 am

Like a lot of the websites for writers that I’ve discussed on TD:D, Write Anything is not a blog primarily for dissertation writers.  But dissertation writers can learn a lot from fiction writers, so think about checking out some of the following posts:

  • Routines and Ruts by Dale Challener Roe: “A routine is good. But a routine shouldn’t be so important that it becomes stifling. Then it’s a rut. Routine brings order to a day. A rut controls it.”
  • The Dark Side of Writing by Andrea Allison: “Don’t pay someone to do something that you can do yourself such as editing. You took the time to write it. Therefore, take the time to edit it (this is where writing groups come in handy).”
  • Navigating the White Space Below by Claudia: “Revisionitis is a potentially debilitating condition; one that makes the sufferer stare blankly at the blinking, indented cursor for hours at a time while internally battling the overwhelming desire to go back (‘Just a few pages this time, I promise’) and revise what’s already been written rather than forging ahead.”
  • Knowing Your Process: Where by Jodi Cleghorn: “I’ve been writing on the hop throughout the day, squeezing this article into the gaps of an unexpected day off with my partner while our son was at school (it happens once in a blue moon!) You could say I’m rather flexible when it comes to the where of writing, but there is more to “where” than just the place you are sitting typing.”

If you find any additional helpful posts at Write Anything, make sure to post them in the comments section below.


Website Wednesday: 750 Words

In daily writing sessions, motivation, online resources, Website Wednesday on August 18, 2010 at 5:00 am

Do you need just a little bit more motivation to fit in those daily writing sessions?  Then try 750 words on for size.

The idea of 750 words is that you have an online repository for your writing each day.  750 words amounts to about about 3 pages, so regular writing sessions are going to add up pretty quickly.

Want to try it out?  Just log on to the site, type away, and earn points for your diligence.  Each month, you get a “bowling-esque score card” that logs your points as you complete daily writing sessions.

If you’re looking for a fun and motivational way to get those daily writing sessions in, check out 750words.

Already use the site?  Leave a review in the comments section below.

Website Wednesday: PhD2Published

In online resources, publishing, Website Wednesday on August 11, 2010 at 5:00 am

For those of you nearing the end of the dissertation writing process, or if you want to start looking ahead, PhD2Published is a great online resource.

Offering articles, tips, and video blogs with information for academics looking to publish for the first time, PhD2Published is a must read for dissertation writers who plan to continue on in academia.

Here’s a sampling of what the site offers, but I recommend you check it out for yourself:

  • Tools of the Writing Trade: “The interesting thing about doing a PhD, but which seldom gets discussed, is the natural way you tend to evolve your own techniques for writing and researching.”
  • Video Blog, Episode 1: “Here is the first episode in my video blog/diary of my own journey to getting my first academic book published.”

You can also follow PhD2Published or the TD:D blog on Twitter for great writing and publishing tips.