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Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis | Joan Bolker
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Expert writing advice from the editor of the Boston Globe best-seller, The Writer's Home Companion Dissertation writers need strong, practical advice, as well as someone to assure them that their struggles aren't unique. 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.
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Day 14: #time

I am grateful for all the time the fellow members of my virtual thesis/dissertation accountability group spend working with me, commiserating with me, and supporting me!

#gratitude30 #studentsoflitsy #dissertationsarehard

Eggs Isn‘t that the best when others lift us up?!! 2mo
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The study rooms in the new branch of the public library have dry erase walls, so I left this celebration/thank you message on Friday. Came in this morning, and the librarian told me they'd posted it to the staff website!

SaunteringVaguelyDownwards The person who came into the study room after me just erased my message, and the librarian looked so sad! She said they were hoping to keep it up there. I told her I'd keep them updated. 😉 13mo
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I have this clock hanging in my office, and it's definitely how I feel today! Why do dissertations take so long to write?

#time #gratitude30 #gradstudent

Amiable I can sort of relate. It took me 8 months to write and revise my master's thesis--mostly because I gave birth in the middle of it to a baby who never slept. So that was fun. 😳 14mo
Lynnsoprano Oh, I love this! I wish this had been around when hubby was working on his. You do know the writing doesn‘t stop after your degree is done, right?😄 14mo
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This is really challenging, but I am grateful that every #word I write gets me closer to completing my dissertation (even if not all of them will be used!)

#gratitude30 #words #immersion #transmedia

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The #inspiration behind the chapter of my dissertation I'm currently working on.


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It‘s been over a year since I finished my master‘s degree and thesis, but this book‘s breakdown of tasks helped lessen the anxiety of writing so much in a condensed amount of time. It was a required read for my capstone. #novemberbythenumbers #fifteen #catsoflitsy

CatLass007 😻😻😻 2y
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I was so excited that I had to tell y'all...I just got accepted to graduate school! There's going to be one more Victorian scholar in the world!👑🎩📚

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I just wanna say how much I love this community! Litsy is awesome!📚📚📚

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