How I Wrote 56,000 Words in 25 Days

If you’ve been reading my blog or newsletter for a while, you’ll know that I don’t suggest strategies to you unless I have tried them and seen that they work. In many cases, I’ve been my own first case study, noting what works for me, and then,...

Where Do First Drafts Come From?

One of my favorite movies, Finding Forrester, has a great line in it about writing: “You write the first draft with your heart. You write the second draft with your head.” While, in the movie, Forrester is talking about writing novels, this advice applies...

All Writing Starts With Your Thesis

One of the reasons most dissertators find it difficult to write is because they have not clarified their project’s thesis. If you’ve ever heard me speak or ever worked with me personally, you know how I always say that the dissertation is, mostly, a...

Do you have to be inspired to write?

Do you ever find yourself waiting for The Dissertation Muse? You know, the one that (supposedly) shows up, just in time to inspire you to write the absolute best chapter of your life? Yeahh. Me too. Unfortunately, though, the Muse (when she visits) only seems to stay...