How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 44: The power to write

Melika Shirmohammadi


Almost as soon as I started my doctoral studies, my writing stalled. I was surprised because I had engaged with research as early as my undergraduate years and even co-authored four journal articles before starting my doctorate. What was wrong with me? My writing soul had caught an infection. Like many doctoral students, I sat at my computer hour after hour, trying to figure out, “What should I write?” or “Is this good enough?” Academic writing seemed daunting, isolating, and a monster that must be defeated through one-on-one combat. What I didn’t realize was that I was not alone. My peers and even my professors faced the same struggles.

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