Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day3.72 · Rating details · 910 Ratings · 125 Reviews
Expert writing advice from the editor of the Boston Globe best-seller, The Writer's Home Companion
Dissertation writers need strong, practical advice, as well as someone to assure them that their struggles aren't unique. Joan Bolker, midwife to more than one hundred dissertations and co-founder of the Harvard Writing Center, offers invaluable suggestions for the graduate-stExpert writing advice from the editor of the Boston Globe best-seller, The Writer's Home Companion
Dissertation writers need strong, practical advice, as well as someone to assure them that their struggles aren't unique. Joan Bolker, midwife to more than one hundred dissertations and co-founder of the Harvard Writing Center, offers invaluable suggestions for the graduate-student writer. Using positive reinforcement, she begins by reminding thesis writers that being able to devote themselves to a project that truly interests them can be a pleasurable adventure. She encourages them to pay close attention to their writing method in order to discover their individual work strategies that promote productivity; to stop feeling fearful that they may disappoint their advisors or family members; and to tailor their theses to their own writing style and personality needs. Using field-tested strategies she assists the student through the entire thesis-writing process, offering advice on choosing a topic and an advisor, on disciplining one's self to work at least fifteen minutes each day; setting short-term deadlines, on revising and defing the thesis, and on life and publication after the dissertation. Bolker makes writing the dissertation an enjoyable challenge....more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 15th 1998 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1998)
by Joan Bolker, Ed.D.
Writing a dissertation can seem like a daunting task, but Dr. Joan Bolker has guided hundreds of doctoral students through the process. In Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day, Bolker draws on her experience as a clinical psychologist specializing in assisting blocked writers to provide thoughtful insight and actionable advice in ten short chapters. Bolker recognizes there are many factors beyond simply writing that go into a dissertation, and she covers such topics as developing your own work process, troubles with your advisor, and dealing with interruptions. Bolker makes it clear that Writing Your Dissertation is not meant to be a self-help or therapy book. Instead, her hope is “that this book will help you substitute the carrot for the stick.”
In Chapter 1, appropriately titled “Beginning,” Bolker starts with seemingly simple advice—write your way into your dissertation, even if it is only for fifteen minutes each day. She encourages you to commit to writing at every stage, starting with simple journal entries to spur further contemplation. Subsequent chapters touch on goal setting, completing your first draft, breaking through the midway point, revision strategies, hitting the wall, and life after your dissertation. Writing Your Dissertation is much more than a guide to writing. It prepares you for unforeseen circumstances that can arise during the process, it offers advice and suggestions for maintaining your mental well-being, and most importantly, it offers you the encouragement and concrete advice you need to survive writing your dissertation.