The benefits of writing 10,000 words per day

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As quite often happens, I was moved and inspired by a recent post by Inger on The Thesis Whisperer blog entitled “How to write 10,000 words per day“. Now to start with, this is quite a controversial idea so I want to clarify how I interpret this title. It doesn’t mean, “how to produce a […]

Have you failed before you started?

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I’m talking about goal setting. In January, the vast majority of us set off on life changing journeys. We make decisions and set hopes of achieving big things for the year ahead. On the first day of January, we run out of the proverbial gate, our hearts and minds full of inspiration and motivation. We […]

The big and scary D-word

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An issue that I’ve been going through with some of my students recently is discipline. For all the productivity and writing help I give – it won’t amount to anything if we aren’t disciplined enough to apply it. It’s also true that without any help or guidance, if you are disciplined enough to continually face […]

Crowdsourcing your motivation with Academic Writing Month

Wow, it’s nearly November already and I’m reminded of how quickly time flies. November is always a great time of year for writers, ever since National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) started in 1999. Anyone from around the world with a novel inside them will sit down and write a 50,000 word draft of a novel […]

How long is a lit review sentence?

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Have you ever thought about how long a sentence in your literature review should be? When I started writing I didn’t at all. I didn’t care and I thought it didn’t matter. A sentence is as long as it needs to be right? The important thing is that you convey your idea so the length […]

Productivity gimmicks: Good or Bad?

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There is so much productivity advice out there. I talk a lot about productivity here despite the sole purpose of this site being to help you with your literature review. Let’s face it though, productivity is very important. If we can squeeze more out of what we have, whether it’s time or energy, then we […]