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Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day

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❶One tip I've personally found to be helpful is what she calls "parking on the downhill slope":

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I do not champion the 1, words or pages a day approach. On the contrary, I suggest that we find a different measure of scholarly writing success: Jesus, I wish I had Bolker or King's speed.

Some days all I generate is 50 words pic. Bolker dislikes chaos and disorganization as much as I do, apparently. The idea of a Dissertation Writing Group is useful. This shortcoming and oversight reaffirms my belief: PhD advisors — if you can, purchase this book and if you have the means grant funds acquire copies for our students. Posted in PhD training , academia , research. Tagged with dissertation , PhD , reading notes , writing.

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Joan Bolker, midwife to more than one hundred dissertations and co-founder of the Harvard Writing Center, offers invaluable suggestions for the graduate-student writer.

Using positive reinforcement, she begins by reminding thesis writers that being able to devote themselves to a project that truly interests them can be a pleasurable adventure. She encourages them to pay close attention to their writing method in order to discover their individual work strategies that promote productivity; to stop feeling fearful that they may disappoint their advisors or family members; and to tailor their theses to their own writing style and personality needs.

Using field-tested strategies she assists the student through the entire thesis-writing process, offering advice on choosing a topic and an advisor, on disciplining one's self to work at least fifteen minutes each day; setting short-term deadlines, on revising and defing the thesis, and on life and publication after the dissertation.

Bolker makes writing the dissertation an enjoyable challenge. And she admits that it's unlikely you'll actually finish a dissertation at that speed. As she tells her clients, however, a mere 15 minutes is much better than no writing at all when they're stuck.

As a clinical psychologist who cofounded the Harvard Writing Center, Bolker has helped hundreds of writers complete their dissertations. She offers suggestions on how to create a writing addiction so that you feel incomplete if you don't write every day and stresses the need to set reasonable goals and deadlines for yourself to keep from getting discouraged.

She also offers strategies for dealing with both internal and external distractions and for fending off writer's block. Even more important is the advice on some of the more awkward issues related to dissertation writing, such as how to choose your adviser carefully.


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Along the way, you'll do a bit of writing. And that's what matters, especially when you experience writer's block--as Bolker says, "Write anything, because writing is writing." With its helpful advice and supportive tone, Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day should be required reading for anyone considering writing a dissertation/5().

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Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis (my reading notes) The first book in a series of volumes I have been interested in reading is Joan Bolker’s “ Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis “. "Fifteen minutes!" you say. "That's too good to be true!" Okay, author Joan Bolker admits she gave her book the title Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day to get the reader's attention. And she admits that it's unlikely you'll actually finish a dissertation at that speed.

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Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews/5(10). Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day by Joan Bolker, Ed.D. Writing a dissertation can seem like a daunting task, but Dr. Joan Bolker has guided hundreds of doctoral students through the process.