Category Archives: Successful Strategies

Note Taking and the Writing Process

Historians take a lot of notes. I discovered my love of note taking while reading Tolkien. The detailed lists, genealogies and summaries I created as a child are still with me. I experimented with different forms of note taking back … Continue reading Continue reading

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Running toward Criticism

  It has been said that the difference between a good sports announcer and Dan Dierdorf a bad one is that a bad announcer tells the audience what he thinks should have happened on the field of play whereas a … Continue reading Continue reading

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Getting Over the Mid-Dissertation Slump

So there I was: it was the third week of December, and I had one more chapter to write to complete my second dissertation draft (instead of writing and revising one chapter at a time, I wrote complete and subsequent … Continue reading Continue reading

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Going to Conferences Part II: The Posturing

So, if you’ve been keeping up with us for the past few blogs, we’ve been talking about attending conferences. I’d like to devote this particular post to “posturing” for two reasons: 1) I think that, in many cases, it’s assumed … Continue reading Continue reading

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Approaching the Archives: a Librarian’s Perspective

“Every archive is different,” says Deborah Lilton, the librarian for the departments of English, Theatre, and African American Studies here at Vanderbilt University. “Really, the only thing they all have in common is that you can’t take anything home.” As … Continue reading Continue reading

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Dissertation Coaches and Writing Groups

Dissertation Coaches and Writing Groups For many of us the dissertation process can be very daunting and lead to long periods of stagnation and frustration.  Several of my colleagues have found ways of combating this by working with others.  Two … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to Write: Finding Space II, The Physicality of Writing

The Physicality of Writing: It’s important to keep in mind how physical aspects can affect (or inhibit) your writing. Here are some important things to keep in mind: Lighting: Be sure you have plenty of light to avoid eye strain … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Dissertation Writer’s Retreat

In light of the fact that the application deadline–Friday, June 8, 2012–is fast approaching for the Writing Studio’s Dissertation Writers’ Retreat (which will be held July 9-13, 2012,  9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.), we thought we’d devote this post to information about … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to Write: Finding Space I

One of the things I have been struggling with lately is finding a good place to write.  For me the location directly correlates to how much (quality) work I can accomplish.  I need to have background noise, but not too … Continue reading Continue reading

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Working with your Dissertation Advisor

Since the first day I met them, my dissertation co-chairs have inspired in me a mixture of awe and fear.  They’re experts in their fields, produce amazing work, and seem to get more done in a day than I can … Continue reading Continue reading

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