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Five Things I Have Done Instead of Writing the Thesis

As the old proverb goes, the longest journey begins with a single step. Notwithstanding the fact that most journeys these-a-days begin with a trawl through Google Maps (other maps are available), this wisdom still rings true. If only that first... Continue Reading →

Review – Paul J. Silvia: How to Write a Lot

  Reading about writing is probably one of my favourite procrastination activities. There are whole shelves filled with academic writing handbooks and manuals, but this book was a game changer for me. Here’s why…   A colleague recommended this book... Continue Reading →

Theses, Novels and Other Hiccoughs

Ever since I can remember I've had a certain natural inclination to write literature. However, having spent most of my life in educational institutions, I seem to have acquired some academic skills too. Now in the third year of my... Continue Reading →

We Need to Talk About Writing

In case you haven’t guessed from the #AcWriMo hashtag flooding your social media channels, November is the Academic Writing month. Yaaay or naaay? Hmmm... How it all began… When I was starting university, I didn’t really think too much about... Continue Reading →

A Letter to First-Year-Self – Züleyha

Every PhD is a journey and sometimes it is nice to take a moment to look back and see how far we have gone. Read the letter Züleyha wrote to First-Year-Self and let us know if you would like to share... Continue Reading →

Weathering Research – Thomas Bray

No-one, and I mean no-one, could ever accuse the British summer of being annoyingly consistent. Quite the contrary: this year it seems to have run the complete gamut, from A for angered storms to Z for Zeus' revenge (yes, I... Continue Reading →

How to create “Head space” for writing

Momentum is so important to the writing of your PhD. There's nothing better than the feeling that you're on a roll, that the ideas are flowing and that this may well be the greatest piece of scholarship ever. But it's all... Continue Reading →

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