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from PhD to book – or – on not writing under anaesthetic

Often dissertations sound like prose under general anaesthetic, working hard to separate the writer out from what he or she has written. That’s a quote from William Germano, writing in From dissertation to book. Germano’s metaphor points to a tendency … Continue reading

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finishing the #PhD – restructuring moves for thesis drafts

You’ve done your thesis plan. You’ve written for weeks. And weeks. But now, despite your very best planning,  you find yourself at a point where that carefully thought out thesis road map no longer seems to work. This apparent catastrophe … Continue reading

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thesis to journal article -where’s the paper?

The thesis is done. Now you are expected to write some papers from your PhD. You may of course be able to write a book  from your PhD – but not everyone can or does. Everyone does however have some papers … Continue reading

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sift and sort – a revision strategy for a problem paper

Those of you who like to work with material stuff, moving actual objects around, might want to try to this revision strategy. It’s not too dissimilar to the computer based version, but here you get to use paper and scissors. … Continue reading

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the writer’s tic – it’s all about the invisible gorilla

Lots of us have writing tics. A writing tic is involuntary, something we do without thinking. Many of us get a writing tic or two when producing a first draft. But we only find this out afterwards, when we read through what … Continue reading

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conference paper to journal article – understanding and using the difference

If you’re converting a conference paper to a journal article then you need to have a clear idea of exactly what needs to be done. You need to know the difference between the two types of papers. Now, there are … Continue reading

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strategies to address the paper without a point

Ever found yourself at the end of a paper but not sure what you were writing about? Lots of words but not sure what it all means? Ever got feedback on a paper which said there were too many ideas … Continue reading

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