Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is a thing… it is a completely real thing that is not made up by writers (who for the most part do make up fiction). It occurs when every inch of creativity has seeped out of your body, or when there is a confusing statistical result which your brain can not wrap its neurons around, or when you have a complete mental blank on a word that you swear you have used so many times it is in the ‘most used’ section of your vocabulary. It can and will happen to anyone who writes anything (no matter the genre). So here are my ten tips for getting through your writer’s block. 1) Have a trusty notebook- For a reason we may never understand, that sentence you have been stuck on since lunch time will magically structure itself just before you drift off to sleep, or as you are stopped in the car at the traffic lights. It is therefore essential that you keep a notebook with you at all times so you can quickly jot down the magic before it disappears again. Obviously if you are driving please pull off of the road before you write it down- safety first! You could also use the notepad on your phone if you are more tech savvy! 2) Shower- I am not sure why but so many of my best ideas have occurred when I am in the shower. I was […]

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What is a PhD?

“Is a PhD one year?” “So you will be a doctor?” “But not a medicine doctor?” “A P h What?” These are all questions I have been asked since I applied for a PhD at the end of last year. I do not blame people for not knowing what a PhD is, to be truthful I knew very little about it until I started one myself, and I definitely did not know anything about a PhD before I started my undergraduate course. Firstly what does a PhD stand for? Doctor of Philosophy (not Doctor of Psychology like most of us psych students thought- we sometimes think the world revolves around us). So anybody who is completing a PhD is studying a Doctorate of Philosophy, however depending on their research field will specialise in a specific area. Such as, I am completing a PhD in conservation psychology. What is the degree? Basically, a PhD is a postgraduate course which takes at least three years to complete. PhD students conduct their own research (under the supervision of expert academics) which is original and contributes knowledge. This will generally involve producing a thesis (around 80,000 words) which includes writing introductory chapters, collecting data (eg. surveying people, analysing specimen in laboratories or testing new technology), writing up the results and then discussing what the results mean (this is a very basic description!). People completing a PhD in fields such as literacy or art may […]

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Concentration playlist

What is the first thing many of us do when we sit down to write a piece of work? Put on a playlist of course! When the piece of work you are tackling needs your concentration you require just the right playlist to not take away your attention but also to not put you to sleep. So I have come up with a short playlist of some mellow songs to help you breeze through that next piece of work! It is the perfect length of time (approximately half an hour) to have a solid writing session and then when the playlist is over reward yourself with a short break and go for a walk, or check Instagram or come back on dr.ofwhat ! Go put on the kettle, untangle your headphones and get ready to write! Whole Wide World- Bahamas This song will make you want to go and get on a plane to Tahiti… wait there are sharks, dolphins and wifi in Tahiti right? Webjet here I come! Bloom- The Paper Kites Do you want to feel like you are sleeping in a field of flowers surrounded by butterflies? I am assuming yes? So listen up! All your favourite bands- Dawes “may all your favourite bands stay together” – I will forever wish this upon all of you Romeo & Juliet- Dire straights For me this song reminds me of my beautiful sister because it is her favourite song, for you […]

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