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 […]

Thesis in a Tweet

Recently I partook in a challenge to condense my thesis topic into a 140 character (or less) tweet. I decided to rework the opening lines of Romeo and Juliet as a nod to my literature studies background. This also helped to produce a succinct description that emulates the poetic core of my project. 2 Chicana poets, both alike in feminist dignity In unfair U.S. […]

“End of Chapter Blues”: The Stress of an Ending & How to Overcome It

I’m currently finishing a thesis chapter and the straggling, stuttering, strangling struggle has begun. I powered through Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo), one of my aims being that I would finish the write-up of my current thesis chapter leaving only the editing, restructuring etc. for the beginning of December. The write-up was glorious! Aside from a few lackadaisical days […]

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 […]

Writer’s Block: How to Overcome the Fear of the Blank Page

I regularly fall prey to writer’s block. Faced with a blank page, my mind empties, my sense of purpose evaporates and I begin to panic. I become overwhelmed by negative thoughts: I’ll never be able to write again….I’m in over my head with this….and so on! This has overshadowed my postgraduate research and writing since […]