10 uses for terrible first drafts

On this blog, and in programs I’m involved in like Thesis Boot Camp and Shut Up and Write, we frequently … More


This is not a test: discipline, the shitty first draft, and the real world.

A doctorate propels you towards the real world of scholarship. You will be a teacher, a researcher, an author. This is not a test. No-one else knows the answer to this stuff, that’s why you are making ‘an original contribution to knowledge’.

Live blogging the article: 28 June

Yay! Yay! Yay! Happy, glorious, wonderful day! So, I failed to do all the research. I didn’t feel like I’d … More

A red cabbage

Red Cabbage OR [Insert quote here]

One of the joys of my job is being allowed to ask academics, ‘How do you write?’ The answer, often … More


Writing ‘tics’

You may have noticed by now that I am big on drafting.  This weekend I was at Thesis Boot Camp … More

Going up the mountain is slow, coming down is fast

The different stages of the writing process

Last week, I talked about the writing cycle being a trap for perfectionists when applied to each sentence, but really useful … More