9 tips to overcome writer’s block

PhD student suffering writers' block

“All writing problems are psychological problems. Blocks usually stem from the fear of being judged. If you imagine the world listening, you’ll never write a line. That’s why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone”. Erica Jong

  • 15/09/2018

I am afraid of missing important information…

The fear of missing important information is one of the first reasons for slow reading. This fear is understandable, but reading slow does not hinder missing important information. This post aims to show you why you should get rid of this fear – and what you can to increase your reading speed.

  • 23/05/2018

One simple tool to improve your writing skills

Are you suffering from writer’s block? Does structuring ideas  give you a headache? Do you find your writing desperately slow? This article gives you some ideas to help you to plan and manage your writing time using an indispensable tool for doctoral students: the PhD diary.

  • 24/04/2018

A method to cross items off your to-do lists

Imagine that during your PhD project someone is helping you to reach your goals. You get personal support and encouragement. This article gives you advice about a particular way to coach and be coached: the accountability partner.

  • 06/03/2018

One technique to set achievable goals

 Every strategy begins with a goal: a clear picture of what should be achieved by the end of the action. The goal is the driver of an action: an action with no goal has no direction. In a PhD project, setting clear goals is vital. This article shows you  how to set achievable goals.

  • 21/01/2018

One trick to enhance motivation

A PhD is a long journey. Usually you rather consider what needs to be done than what you have already achieved. The to-do list becomes every day longer – so that you are seldom aware of all what you have achieved.

  • 12/08/2017

6 tricks to tame your inner critic while writing

the inner critic

As soon as Gertrude writes a sentence, she hears an inner voice which says: “No, this is too stupid. You cannot write this,” or she mentally sees her supervisor’s sarcastic face. She deletes the sentence; tries another one. Again, “This is ridiculous, delete it immediately.” Again, she wipes it out. After having tried several sentences, […]

  • 03/07/2017

Design your outline in 4 steps

One of the most challenging phases of the writing process is probably the outline of your thesis.  Actually everything is interesting, important, worse to be told. The problem is that you cannot tell everything. You will lose yourself and, by the way, get your reader lost. Less is more. Rather concentrate on one specific goal […]

  • 06/04/2017

A golden rule for reading scientific literature

What was I looking for?

Archibald was reading the famous paper The Silence of the Bluebirds, in hopes of finding interesting information for his thesis. There he found a great reference, a book called Bluebirds and Redbirds: The Never Ending Fight. He started to read that book and came across an essential sounding reference, Bluebirds: From the Origins to the […]

  • 01/10/2016