She also offers strategies for dealing with both internal and external distractions and for fending off writer's block. Even more important is the advice on some of the more awkward issues related to dissertation writing, such as how to choose your adviser carefully. For example, when faced with the tradeoff between a famous advisor who is inaccessible and a less famous advisor who is willing to make time for you, Bolker advises, "If choosing a politically advantageous, famous advisor makes it unlikely that you'll complete your degree, it's clearly not worth it.
Throughout this excellent book, Bolker acts as a therapist, cheerleader, and drill sergeant, all rolled into one. While some of the book's advice is of interest only to dissertation writers, much of the information --on battling writer's block, for instance--is valuable to anybody engaged in writing. Rather than being filled with rules defining how to become a great writer, Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day is about finding the process by which you can be the most productive--it's a set of exercises that you can use to find out more about you and the way you write.
Along the way, you'll do a bit of writing. On the topic of advisors, I strongly disagreed with Bolker, particularly because I am kind of slightly famous on the internet, and therefore I felt like this was a jab at me. I DO travel the world and my schedule is tremendously busy, but my students are my priority and I make sure to give them time, regardless of whether I am at a conference, workshop or doing fieldwork.
The "setting writing quotas" convo. Pages vs words vs hours. Personally I've made much more progress setting small goals. As I said on Twitter, by now I know just about everyone suggests a daily writing practice, even if it is for just a tiny bit of time. Joan Bolker, and Stephen King. This is going to make some people's blood boil but yes, Virginia, Bolker suggests the first thing in the morning is you should do is write. I do not champion the 1, words or pages a day approach. On the contrary, I suggest that we find a different measure of scholarly writing success: Write every day, for at least minutes to start , and during that time, never stop writing, even for a moment.
I have high hopes that this writing technique and the rest of her advice will help move me forward; I've been stuck for too long in the same spot in my research. Dec 14, Bookshark rated it liked it Shelves: There are some really helpful insights and tips in this book, but I'm not sure there's enough content here to warrant a full-length book although it is a very quick read.
Many of the strategies the author recommends are things I was already doing. I appreciated that the author was conscious of the fact that there are many routes to the same end which will each be best-suited to different types of people.
I also thought it was nice that she acknowledged that some people may encounter difficult There are some really helpful insights and tips in this book, but I'm not sure there's enough content here to warrant a full-length book although it is a very quick read.
I also thought it was nice that she acknowledged that some people may encounter difficult external circumstances or serious adviser problems, even though I'm fortunately not in that position personally.
Overall, an engaging and quick read with some good material. I'd recommend it to people who are early on in the dissertation process, especially those who are having trouble getting started with dissertation writing. Aug 27, Andy Cyca rated it really liked it.
Although Bolker does deliver on this promise, the book sometimes feels a bit useless, but not because it's actually bad. I believe that this book is best read twice: In general, there are many good things to come out of this book, and it's a good and short enough read for anyone looking forward to write a thesis.
However, as the author says, it's not a magical formula and will require some elbow grease just to figure out what works best for every one. To be read in parts, through your dissertation writing process. Jul 12, Celine rated it really liked it. Useful, practical advice on the dissertation writing progress. Some of the lessons I appreciated: Don't force impossible deadlines on yourself - Find people in the same boat to keep you company in a difficult period - If you feel bad beyond what is to be expected , find professional help Because it was written in the 90s, some parts of this book have become obsolete.
Especially the chapter on whether or Useful, practical advice on the dissertation writing progress. Especially the chapter on whether or not to use a computer has aged badly. The rest is grounded in behavioral psychology, and is useful without being condescending. May 03, mrv rated it liked it Shelves: Nothing breakthrough, still useful in reminding of some basic strategies we tend to overlook. There are also some other ideas like free-writing first, making your thoughts overflow and then turning these into the first, second or last draft which I think can help me in general.
These make it easier to ignore the parts about floppy discs. Jul 21, Argum rated it liked it Shelves: Title is mostly a hook not actual advice. Main idea is to get the job done you need to write every day probably by setting up a page goal every day. That is not to say this isn't a useful book as a pep talk on how to start and keep writing, but it could just as easily be how to write a novel in 15 minutes a day.
Some nuggets, but not super advice. It is an engaging book on a dry subject lots of fun terms for things and lots of blast from the past including diskettes and CDROM as a luxury item. W Title is mostly a hook not actual advice. Worth reading from the library probably not purchasing Dec 31, Sonya rated it liked it. I picked this up at the UW bookstore because, I'm horribly, inexcusably behind on writing my dissertation and oh yes hahaha, surely 15 mins a day will do the trick.
Clearly, the title is somewhat misleading--as Bolker admits--but the book does contain practical advice to help keep Scaredy Squirrels like me on track when we're too embarrassed to call up our committees for a little extra hand-holding. Jun 05, Chighaf Bakour rated it it was amazing. This book has been my companion for the past year and I will probably continue to use it for a while.
The title is misleading. Of course you cannot write your dissertation in 15 minutes a day! The book applies to any big writing job and deals with everything related to the writing process, from psychological aspects to dealing with distractions. Great book for any writer. Jul 07, Julia rated it it was amazing. But it's a great little book to have around for those moments and they are many when you do think your dissertation is trying to kill you.
Mar 13, Lauren rated it it was amazing Shelves: How had I not read this book already?!! This would have made writing my thesis a very, very different experience. I suggest that anyone faced with academic writing of any kind, not just a dissertation, should read this book. It's most helpful in its suggestions about how to cultivate and organize your thought process by writing.
Oct 19, Tam Nguyen rated it liked it Shelves: It has some interesting ideas and practical advice. I find some inspirations too. But I would want to know more about "reading for research" process, which is the critical part. And how to structure the arguments in a dissertation is also important to me. Jan 06, Matt rated it really liked it. Mostly good, a little general in places, with advice that has mostly - but not completely - aged well. This should be required reading for all incoming PhDs in any field.
Jul 08, Jaki rated it really liked it. Read this book because it appeared in a free library where you swap books and nothing else was super appealing -- had heard a bit about it previously from a Habitica forum. Quick read, and worthwhile if you're working on any kind of big writing project, especially but not exclusively in academia. Some of the advice will be familiar if you've read writing advice before, but still useful to see again.
A little out of date e. Rather than summing up all of the advice, I'll make note below of the ones I actually took notes on for myself while reading: Keep a daily journal, monitor your process 2. Bribe yourself for the long game 3. Value your time; be selectively antisocial 6.
Along the way, you'll do a bit of writing. And that's what matters, especially when you experience writer's block--as Bolker says, "Write anything, because writing is writing." With its helpful advice and supportive tone, Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day should be required reading for anyone considering writing a dissertation/5().
Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day has ratings and reviews. AK said: No, of course you can't write your dissertation in only 15 m /5.
Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis (my reading notes) The first book in a series of volumes I have been interested in reading is Joan Bolker’s “ Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis “. "Fifteen minutes!" you say. "That's too good to be true!" Okay, author Joan Bolker admits she gave her book the title Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day to get the reader's attention. And she admits that it's unlikely you'll actually finish a dissertation at that speed.
Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews/5(10). Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day 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.