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What Makes a Stylish Thesis? Avoid these Three Big Style Mistakes…

In part two of this series, Sophie Shorland outlines some of the biggest stylistic mistakes you might be making in your writing.   Here’s how to avoid these and ensure your thesis does its job of communicating your original ideas with... Continue Reading →

What Makes a Stylish Thesis?: Creating your own Style Guide

Ever feel stuck in a maze of artfully-constructed sentences while writing your thesis? In part one of this two part series, Sophie Shorland discusses the importance of using your own style guide whilst writing – and sticking to it! Part... Continue Reading →

Rhythms of Writing: Writing alone

While PhD writing is typically thought of as an individual endeavour, writing alone does not mean it has to be lonely. In this week's PhD Life post, Aya Nassar discusses how she makes writing alone work for her... In my... Continue Reading →

Getting started on your thesis as a science student

“How is your writing going?” – this might be the question you dread to hear. You might have promised your supervisor to send a draft of a chapter, and now after several weeks or months there is still not much... Continue Reading →

Rhythms of Writing: writing together

Feeling stuck with your writing without the luxury to wait for inspiration is very common. Following up from last week's blog post, Aya Nassar proposes writing together in groups… A lot of advice on writing tells us to write every... Continue Reading →

Rhythms of Writing: juggling inspiration and discipline

A lot of writing advice tends to shift between write-when-inspired and write every day. In this blog post, Aya Nassar suggests that maybe we do not really need to choose... It has been a while since my last two blog... Continue Reading →

Defamiliarise Your Thesis

Editing the thesis can seem like a daunting task, and it’s easy to get trapped by perfectionism. For science students, there’s a huge amount of work to do at the end, while arts students often edit continually. Whatever stage you’re at,... Continue Reading →

Becoming kind to others’ writing

To be kind to your writing, you can practice by also learning to be kind to others’ writing. In this post Aya Nassar reflects on how a different approach to reading texts could help with your academic writing...   In... Continue Reading →

Work in progress

This post is about one of the key strategies I’ve put into practice this year: finding the best work space based on the task at hand. By limiting the work that I do to a specific place, I have purpose... Continue Reading →

Becoming kind to your writing

Academic writing is a key challenge in academia. Yet there is no reason why it shouldn’t bring you joy. Here Aya Nassar reflects on how creative analytical writing helped her approach her writing with kindness... I have always regarded writing... Continue Reading →

Relax: you’re not supposed to know what you’re doing

Do you ever feel like a cat stuck in a tree? Dr Karen Sutherland is here to calm your nerves and tell you exactly, and honestly, how she felt before earning that title before her name...     - “It... Continue Reading →

Review – “265 Troubleshooting Strategies for Writers”

Yes, we tested another writing manual. Yes, PhD students are not the target audience of “265 Troubleshooting Strategies for Writers”, but hey, 265… We were curious. Read on to see how they worked. I might have mentioned in previous posts... Continue Reading →

#DailyPhD: From Lab to Thesis Writing

In the final stages of their studies, many students replace lab or fieldwork sessions with intense thesis writing at their office desk, library or home. After two weeks of thesis writing, Megan from #DailyPhD shared her experience of this process... As... Continue Reading →

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 →

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