Dark Circles Are Your Friends: Finishing a PhD Thesis

There are lots of posts out there offering useful hints and tips about finishing a PhD thesis. Having recently submitted my own, I decided to write about my experience of finishing. Rather than provide a “top 10 tips” type of article I’ll highlight a few of the major moments and experiences I had. Firstly, I […]

Academic Writing Month 2013: My Goals

@americasstudies I’m sure you’ve seen the flurry of post after the official announcement: yes, #acwrimo 2013 is alive and kicking (1/2). — Melanie Boeckmann (@m_boeckmann) October 10, 2013 Academic Writing Month is on our doorsteps once again. After some success with it last year – all 9247 words of it – I am definitely taking […]

Shut Up and Write Acrostic

Spotlight (on your writing) Hub (of activity) Universal (method for all writing types) Team (effort) Useful (for supercharging writing) Participate (with your peers in a socio-work setting) Amiable (environment to write and meet people) Negotiable (time, place, and duration) Diversity (in/out of every session) Words (on screen/paper, among friends) Regular (sessions help people keep in […]

Shut Up and Write: The Pros and Cons of Going it Alone

I have been using the “Shut Up and Write” method as part of my PhD writing regime for over a year. The first few sessions were conducted with at least one other participant and I found it very productive as a method. Having someone present to discuss writing, share hints and tips, as well as […]