Review: Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text

Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text by Peg Boyle Single
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Obviously, there's a particular audience for this type of book (doctoral students), but it is a solid book with some clear and direct tools to use in order to prepare for the path down the dissertation. I strongly recommend it for students who are about to enter a doctoral program as though I am still finding it helpful, I think having it (and following its recommendations) from the start, I would be in a much better place. I appreciated how Single's method moves you from ideas to a focus statement to an outline to detailed outline to mini-papers to full-blown work. Beyond the structural approaches and considerations, Single also drops different hints and hacks that can be helpful for the doctoral student (such as putting a "To-Do" list at the top of any dissertation document to work through what needs to get done). Like many other books, she iterates the fact that it's essential to create a writing habit that doesn't consist of trying to find the large chunks of time. Now, if we can have a book on how to perfect that that works well, I think I'll be all set!

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