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 46: Rewriting and overcoming writer’s block

Grace Henry


Many students experience writer’s block while writing their thesis. A hiatus in writing may also present in writer’s avoidance, for example carrying out household tasks, running errands, or checking out library books that won’t be read until a much later date. Additionally, students tend to underestimate the impact of real-life events on their academic progress. This chapter seeks to assist students in overcoming these problems by exploring four techniques designed to help you towards the finish line. Beginning with identifying a dedicated writing space, it continues through persevering despite failure, developing a support system, and finding a personal formula for success. Throughout, the author’s own experiences are recounted, including the successful completion of her PhD journey. The chapter concludes with three lessons for PhD students.

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