What are the possibilities if you wrote under the assumption that you could not fail?
Some blogs tell you in bulleted points what’s best for you if you want to finish your dissertation.
Other blogs share golden nuggets in more reflective ways.
Yesterday a colleague mentioned an incident in the news that sounded to me as if it came straight out of John Irving’s novel The World According to Garp.
Googling John Irving to see what he’s been up to, I came across a post by blogger Jessica Liese. After attending a reading by writer John Irving, she wrote that John Irving wears his celebrity as a rock star.
Irving admitted to only an occasional bit of writer’s block and an infrequent sense of indecision at which he would find himself “hopping from project to project.”
Jessica Liese was enthralled by the enormity of Irving’s sense of self. She said that Irving has “an ego [that] is palpable.”
That sense of greatness must make him sure he will never fail.
The blogger’s advise to herself is applicable to writers of dissertations. She says, “I think maybe operating under the notion that I’m awesome is the only way I’ll ever accomplish the huge task of finishing a novel.”
What could you achieve if you assumed you could not fail?
Give it a try! Shut down your internal critic. Tell ole Lizard Brain to lumber off, and then pump up your ego and write.
50 Useful Blogs for Writers
Do you have a couple of blogs that you read religiously? What blogs come to you as a feed? I have a few, some on writing and others that are wisely applicable beyond their subject matter.
Have you come across “50 Useful Blogs for Writers“? I was surprised to receive an email from the blog’s writer, Randy L Ray, saying that he had included my blog, Successful Writing Tips, in his list of “50 Useful Blogs for Writers.”
Are there some blogs missing from the list that you think should be included? I would love to hear which blogs hold value for you.
Until next time,
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation and Academic Career Coach