Editing A Draft: A Seven Part System

Congratulations! You’ve completed your first chapter draft and are feeling that peculiar mix of excitement and nausea that settles in before sending something to your advisor and/or committee for feedback. Before now and then, however, you want to make sure that everything is as perfect as it can be to reduce the nausea part. We’veContinue reading “Editing A Draft: A Seven Part System”

Start With Editing

So far this October we’ve given you some of our best tips to make dissertating feel doable and, dare we say it, exciting!, rather than terrifying. If you are an astute reader (and of course you are, you smart cookie) then you’ve probably noticed that we haven’t talked much about writing at all. Certainly, we’veContinue reading “Start With Editing”

It’s Called A Trash Can

  Last Wednesday, we asserted that “dissertations are a trash genre.” We stand by this statement However, we’ve also received some great feedback from people who have written dissertations that we wish to add. The most important thing to reiterate is that you absolutely have to write a dissertation. It is the only way toContinue reading “It’s Called A Trash Can”

Do It For Love; or Dissertation Advice Conveyed Primarily Through GIFs of Elle Woods

Congratulations! You were admitted to a PhD program, you completed your course work, you survived your prelim exams, you defended your prospectus and now you are, at long last A. B. D. That moment can feel like this: Embrace it. Celebrate it. Take at least a week. Then, right before you feel really ready forContinue reading “Do It For Love; or Dissertation Advice Conveyed Primarily Through GIFs of Elle Woods”