In the final phase of your PhD, approach late-stage setbacks in practical ways to distract from the doubts.
When you're writing, picture yourself working in a room and re-position your imagined reader as you progress.
Connect with your writerly self and try thinking about your writing in the way that professional writers do.
Trying reading your work aloud, recruiting a proofreading buddy, and converting your text into an unusual font to spot your errors.
When re-designing workshops for online delivery, I try to exploit the auditory and visual potential of the platform to enhance what I’m communicating.
Try to put your work aside for a few days before proofreading it.
When you read aloud to somebody else, you put yourself in their shoes.
To improve our writing, we need to learn to read as writers, identifying the work we admire.
Written assignments can be particularly challenging for students whose first language is not English but there are ways to alleviate anxieties around writing.
I’m always reading about the tyranny of the blank page, the terror of starting something new. But once you’ve got going, when you’re drafting, and especially when you’re editing, the blank page can be your friend. When I can’t see…