Written for researchers and graduate students writing dissertations, this unique book offers detailed advice and perspective on many issues that can stall a research project and reveals what can be done to successfully resume it. Using a direct yet conversational style, author Paul C. Rosenblatt draws on his decades of experience to cover many diverse topics. The text guides readers through challenges such as clarifying the end goal of a project; resolving common and not-so-common writing problems; dealing with rejection and revision decisions; handling difficulties involving dissertation advisers and committee members; coping with issues of researcher motivation or self-esteem; and much more.
Restarting Your Writing
Writing occurs throughout the life of a project. This includes notes on initial brainstorming, planning documents, grant proposals, applications for institutional review board approval, documents soliciting participants, preliminary reports, reflexivity pieces about issues in the project, and parts of early research reports that can be drafted before all the data are in and analyzed. Also, some researchers at times find that they have to write in order to think. That is, the idea that one thinks things through and then writes does not fit the experience of some researchers, who find that they have to write in order to develop their ideas (Becker, 2007). And this implies that many researchers may be writing at any juncture in a project where ideas ...