Binge or Balance: Strategies for Writing Up the Dissertation


I’m in the middle of the dreaded ‘write up’ phase. No, I didn’t leave all the writing to the end, but it’s still a massive undertaking to whip everything into shape. It’s one thing to have developed ideas with examples and citations on the page, it’s another to hone the expression so that the reader can understand them and be guided through the dissertation.
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4 Ideas on Creating a Daily Writing Habit


At the start of this summer I spent some time thinking about how I would structure my day in order to get more writing done. I wanted to find a daily schedule that I could follow consistently, without the risk of burnout.

This post will outline some of the things I’ve learned about how to spend time writing productively each and every day.
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Writing 1000 words a day

It’s wrong, I know, but I can’t help thinking that writing is supposed to be easy.

After nearly three years of working on a PhD you would have thought I’d know better.

But I still sometimes feel that I should be able to make a cup of coffee, sit at my desk, and happily churn out thousands of perfectly formed (and cited) sentences that contribute to a tightly argued whole.

This is a fantasy and deep-down I know it. Why is it so hard to look beyond this romantic notion of writing when the reality is so different?

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