Publishing Info: Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1998.
Time Investment: 150 easy-to-read pages; it’s possible to read it one chapter at a time, as you progress toward your degree.
Some favorite advice from Joan Bolker:
- “If the writing doesn’t sound good to you while you’re writing it, it’s fine to make a note to yourself about this . . . I often put that commentary right in the midst of my text, using square brackets, or a different color of ink or pencil, so that when I come back to revise, I can recognize and engage quickly with the problem I’ve already noted.”
- When you write a certain number of pages (3-6) per day: “the faster you do them, the sooner your time is your own; this method of writing rewards learning to write faster, and from what I’ve seen, fast writing produces no worse results than slow writing does.”
- “Perhaps you can work nonstop for a few days, but no one can sustain that sort of effort over the long haul.” Sustainable work was a revolutionary concept to me—doing an amount of work that is repeatable for five workdays in a row.