Remix: The Dissertation Bottleneck

For the month of January, and in celebration of our two year and 100th post anniversaries, we’re revisiting some of our most viewed columns. Today we’re re-posting why it’s so damn difficult to move between the stages of a PhD program. You’re not stupid if it’s hard. The system is set up to fail you,Continue reading “Remix: The Dissertation Bottleneck”

Remix: Editing A Draft: A 7 Part System

For the month of January, and in celebration of our two year and 100th post anniversaries, we’re revisiting some of our most viewed columns. Today we’re re-posting our seven part editing system, sometimes hailed as externalized executive-function. Just follow the steps and Enjoy! Congratulations! You’ve completed your first chapter draft and are feeling that peculiarContinue reading “Remix: Editing A Draft: A 7 Part System”

Remix: Writing vs. Editing

For the month of January, and in celebration of our two year and 100th post anniversaries, we’re revisiting some of our most viewed columns. Today we’re re-posting a primer on the difference between your writing and editing brains and how to train them so you can get some sh*t done. Enjoy! When I was inContinue reading “Remix: Writing vs. Editing”

Remix: The Humanities Are Harder

For the month of January, and in celebration of our two year and 100th post anniversaries, we’re revisiting some of our most viewed columns. Today we’re re-posting our most controversial post of all time on why writing a dissertation in the humanities is so fudging hard. We got a lot of messages about this oneContinue reading “Remix: The Humanities Are Harder”

The Humanities Are Harder

Happy Halloween! Our goal for this month was to make dissertating feel exciting rather than terrifying. There is, however, a fundamental truth of dissertating which we may have mentioned before: It is hard. Even if you love your project, even if you have the world’s best committee, even if you have a generous funding package–writingContinue reading “The Humanities Are Harder”

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”

Writing vs. Editing

When I was in coursework I often had 3 seminar papers due around the same time at the end of the semester. Combined with teaching responsibilities and the rigors of trying to be a person (e.g. cooking, cleaning, showering) I often wrote these papers at the last minute. What I mean by that, is thatContinue reading “Writing vs. 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”

WTF: Dissertating

The dissertation. If you want to go from ABD to PhD, or abd2phd, then you have to write a dissertation. You can do all the other things we’ve discussed from prelims to teaching to service work and if you don’t write the damn dissertation then you don’t get the damn PhD. As my partner andContinue reading “WTF: Dissertating”