Archive for January, 2014

Scheduling Struggles & Overcoming the Fear of Procrastination

I love planning. When I wrote any paper as an undergraduate or graduate student, I always set my own schedule of deadlines. With my own schedule, I was confident my paper would be complete at least a week before its actual due date. I would spend “A” amount of time researching, “B” time organizing my […]

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Saved by Outlines

We all know writing is recursive, and most advanced writer think about their argument, revise, cut, paste, and polish while they are writing … but, I cannot do that.  When I was in college, I realized that I have a hard time writing about complex ideas  in a recursive manner.  Investigatory drafts made me nuts. […]

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Getting Started Tip of the Day: You Don’t Know Your Topic, Even if you Think you Do.

Several times a week and countless times a semester, we consultants come across a writer who is having a hard time getting started, because he or she can’t decide on a topic or central claim. Often a writer will have thought about a topic in general terms and may even have a list of bullet […]

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Me vs. My Undergraduate Thesis: The Fatal Flaw

    (Side note: Does anyone else feel like in the above picture, the teddy bear is about to get rocked by that monster? Just absolutely destroyed? Yeah, I felt the same way when I faced my undergrad thesis. Read on.) So imagine  that you’re working on a long writing project. You’ve done months of […]

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