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Writing 1000 Words a Day (or 750, or 500…)

Did our blog headline get your attention? Great! We thought it would. Too good to be true, you might be asking? Nope. It just sounds that way. Today’s blog is going to go over some tips, tricks, and advice that will get you cranking out your words. The average dissertation is generally between 130-230 […]

How Close Reading Can Help Your Academic Writing

In the book Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose examines the link between reading and writing, and how reading informs writing, and vice versa. In fact, it’s a pretty well-known dictum: in order to write well, you need to read a lot. Close reading is a wonderful skill to hone for your academic […]

Want to Combat Stress or Burnout? Get Outside!

As graduate school looms in the not-so-distant future, you might be a little anxious about starting or going back to your graduate program or stressed out about your dissertation or thesis. If you’re starting a new job, you might be apprehensive about that. You might be wondering how you’re going to juggle family responsibilities, […]

How to Beat Back-to-School Nerves

If you’ve been in any store lately, you know it’s just around the corner: back-to-school time! You can’t escape the school sales, kids stocking up on clothing and school supplies, and that oh-so-familiar smell of new notebooks, paper, and the memory of the thrill of choosing just the right backpack and lunch box. (No? […]

Back-to-School Necessities for the Graduate Student

Summer is winding down and going back to school is on the horizon. If you have children, you’ve likely gotten their class lists and are stocking up on supplies – but what about you? Yes, you! Just because you’re a graduate student, it doesn’t mean you don’t need any school supplies. Whether you’re on […]

Podcasts for Writing

Are you a podcast-listener? We’ve talked about podcasts for graduate students before, but as you know, whatever you’re interested in, there’s a podcast for that! Here are some that may be helpful in writing your dissertation – and writing in general, too. Writing a thesis or dissertation can be a lonely endeavor, but […]

Classics that Are Perfect for Summer

We’ve written posts before about how important it is to read widely, and if you read interviews with writers or talk to an established writer, at some point it’s likely that they’ll tell you that in order to write well, you need to read a lot. Even if you don’t plan on making […]

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

It’s July 31st! In addition to being a sign that the summer is winding down, it’s also Harry Potter’s birthday! Yup, he will be 39 years old this year, and the Harry Potter world of Hogwarts has been part of our cultural fabric for more than 20 years now, if you can believe it. […]

Maintaining Your Motivation This Summer

It is mid-summer and many of you might have had some plans in mind for your academic work. There’s still time! Whether you’re planning on knocking out a rough draft of a chapter or two of your dissertation, making some headway with your research, or even just wanting to get to a reading list […]

How to Deal with Rejection (From Academic Journals)

It happens to everyone. Really, it does – rejection from academic journals. It’s almost a rite of passage. Rejection from publishers and journals is a mark of productivity, if you think about it: you’ve finished enough work that you had some to submit for publication. True, it wasn’t accepted, but you put in the […]

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