It may seem, from the title of this post, that this will be an angry post, ranting about revisions and papers that are not done even though you want to be done with them. That is only partly true. There will also be insightful musings on why revisions are just so damn hard to do, and … Continue reading Why are revisions so difficult? or Why is this *@#$ paper not finished!
Hands up: who actually likes critique and criticism of their writing? So few hands? How strange :). I think we all know that critique on our writing is something we have to expect: if we are writing for an audience, especially one expected to be critical such as PhD examiners or peer reviewers, the critique will … Continue reading Working with feedback: on criticism and critique
Feedback. It's a prickly issue for writers. We both want it and fear it. It makes us nervous, fearful, tired, annoyed, cheered - sometimes all of these things in one essay/paper/chapter. One of the most helpful things I learned during my PhD was how to ask for feedback - the feedback I needed. This post … Continue reading Getting the feedback you need
This is supposed to be a somewhat lighthearted post, rather than a serious exposition on feedback. I was chatting to some friends and fellow PhD travellers recently about how we make sense of our supervisors' feedback - what we read into some of the ways in which they phrase comments and questions that give us clues … Continue reading Deciphering your supervisor’s feedback
I finished my corrections, finally, last Friday and submitted the most revised and final version of my PhD dissertation that there will ever be. It was a very anti-climactic moment, actually. No beautiful hardcover leather bound version with gold lettering being ceremoniously handed to a librarian. No pomp or circumstance. Just an email, with a … Continue reading Corrections