Friday, October 28, 2005

Claims, Maintains, Argues, States....

...after page upon page of writing with continuous reference to other people's texts, I get stuck repeating the same words over and over. How many different ways can you say someone said something? It's enough to make you want to make up some new words! Here's a list I've jotted down to at least keep some variety in the mix. Does anyone have others to add? It's particularly hard to find good semi-neutral ones.

says
writes
maintains
contends
claims
argues
declares
holds
states
pronounces
remarks
announces
proclaims
affirms
testifies
insists
tells
admits
articulates
attests
professes
communicates
boasts
criticizes
allows
reveals

Next...segways!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Under the Gun

I have exactly one month to finish my writing, and I have:
1. 1 finished chapter that needs revising.
2. 1 chapter that I plan to finish this week.
3. 1 chapter that is barely started.

I'm thinking this is impossible. But if I write 5 pages a day I might meet the minimum number of pages that I think will be acceptable. I am plowing ahead because I have to at least try, and maybe a small miracle will occur and I won't have to pay another semester of ridiculously expensive fees.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Colleges Protest Call to Upgrade Online Systems

Thought other academics might be interested in this piece of news from the NY Times: Colleges Protest Call to Upgrade Online Systems.

How I Write Videos

Check out these How I Write Videos, where writers share their "habits, idiosyncrasies, techniques, trade secrets, hidden anxieties, and delights" in writing.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Not Perfect, Not Bad...just GOOD ENOUGH

Now that I'm actually getting into my writing, I'm having the hardest time not massaging my words to death. The truth is I've always suffered from this. I've been the type of writer who does not go onto the next sentence until the previous one is perfect. I am training myself out of that now. But I'm still a perfectionist. I comb over what I've written and change and tweak. I never regret doing so...every avenue I explore leads me down another interesting path. The problem is right now I don't have TIME to do that! I have a month and a half to write 3 more chapters. I don't know if that is even possible! So I just have to write something passable. My mantra for the next two months is going to be "let go, go on."

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Index of Doctoral Dissertations in Progress

I'm afraid to look at PhdData.org - The Universal Index of Doctoral Dissertations in Progress since one of its aims is to "avoid duplications in doctoral dissertations," and with my luck there's someone writing on the exact same thing I am, but this is a potentially useful site! I'm going to register and check it out. It might be a good place to share resources with people working on similar projects.