I do have a question though – the supervisor I had for my MA encouraged me to experiment with my writing style and to be a bit less ‘academic’, and as a result I wrote a kick-arse thesis. Now I have a different supervisor for my PhD who wants to harness me to strict academese and ditch the style I developed. My less-academic style lets my ideas flow more freely and it makes me feel more competent. Do I roll over and do as my current supervisor wants? Or do I resist and do it my way? I think my prolonged wallowing at the bottom of the curve all relates to not being happy with what I’m being pressed to do 😦
I am only at Tip #2 and can already feel my “inner writer” coming back to life. I’ve been torturing myself for so long — many new ideas and perspectives to share and nothing but dread at the thought of the actual writing. I was always such a “good student”, and by the time I finished grad school I no longer enjoyed either reading or writing. Pretty sad statement, even sadder that the ill effects have lasted three decades.
The only writing advice I’ve read so far basically boils down to: it’s work, you just have to do it, set aside a specific time and force yourself…. all about as appealing as my mother’s shoe leather lamb chops. I can’t thank you enough for your approach. I think it’s going to work for me, and just know I am immensely grateful beyond what words can express. Yes!