PHD thesis writers
At 100+ pages, writing a PhD thesis paralyzes the bravest student. Breaking writer’s block for PhD students is possible and easy. Keep reading to know how.
One of the most important and terrifying experiences in graduate school was writing my thesis proposal in my second year. The average length of our program was 6 years, so the proposal I was putting together would be the blueprint for my research (and most of my waking hours) for the next four years.
My thesis focused on studying liver toxicity in cell cultures and I had already collected promising preliminary data for a doctoral thesis project. Yet, as I sat in front of the computer ready to plunge into the writing of my proposal, my hands paralyzed.
My data opened up several new doors for research, perhaps too many, and I felt hesitant about which direction to commit to. There was no guarantee that any one of those directions would lead me to a doctoral degree in 4 years. There were too many unknowns (that is why it is called research) and I knew that in order to graduate I would need to collect publishable data.
The indecisiveness about which path to take weighed down on me for several weeks. The deadline was approaching quickly and I had not made any significant progress on the proposal. It felt like someone had pushed the off button on my brain as soon as I sat down to work on my proposal.
Every once in a while I managed to put a paragraph or table together, but the closer the deadline was, the more I panicked and the tougher it was to continue writing.
In my desperation, I began reading articles about how to write a thesis proposal and I came across a term that I had only vaguely heard of before: writers block for PhD students.
I was an engineering major, so I did not have to write long papers in college. The term papers I wrote for humanities classes were usually straightforward research projects, and certainly did not require a commitment on my end for the next four years of my life.