You don’t need to be in love with your dissertation to continue to make daily progress.
Today I have been thinking about love songs. For some reason they seem to connect to dissertation writing. While it would be nice if all of us were generally in love with writing our dissertation, the reality is that by now you might have lost that loving feeling. As with any relationship it is always fun and easy in the beginning. After the honeymoon is over the real work begins. You don’t have to have butter flies in your stomach to make a continue a relationship with a loved one.
I am writing this blog to acknowledge those feeling of lost, for a love that might no longer exist.
The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling Lyrics:
You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips.
And there’s no tenderness like before in your fingertips.
You’re trying hard not to show it, (baby).
But baby, baby I know it…
Editor: Even before you started your graduate school you dreamed of the day you would have PhD next to your name. You wrote a Statement of Purpose to get accepted into graduate school. Secretly, your statement of purpose was simply to get a PhD. You couldn’t wait until your coursework was over. The courses were just a means to an end. The qualifying exams, same thing. Perhaps when you were writing your proposal or selected a topic you were enthusiastic and enjoyed the prospect of writing a dissertation. You were almost done. When you defended your proposal you were ready to move on to the next step. You couldn’t wait to get started. Now that no one is watching or paying attention to your daily schedule, your enthusiasm is beginning to wane or perhaps have left all together. As with any relationship the bloom eventually fades.
You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’,
Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’,
You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’,
Now it’s gone…gone…gone…wooooooh.
Editor: A sign that you might be neglecting your dissertation is that , you don’t get up in the mornings thinking about writing your dissertation. You don’t think about the dissertation at night before you go to bed. Maybe you do, but that feeling doesn’t encourage you to do something.
Now there’s no welcome look in your eyes when I reach for you.
And girl you’re starting to criticize little things I do.
It makes me just feel like crying, (baby).
‘Cause baby, something beautiful’s dyin’.
Editor: Now when you think about the dissertation, you can’t remember the last time you picked it up. The neglect from not working on your dissertation makes you feel guilty for every little thing you do. Little things like going to the movies, having dinner with friends, playing softball, attending a friend’s birthday bash are not quite as enjoyable as they use to be before the dissertation. Are you starting to resent the dissertation.
Bring back that lovin’ feelin’,
Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’
Bring back that lovin’ feelin’,
‘Cause it’s gone…gone…gone…
And I can’t go on.. wooooah
Editor: You can’t get a PhD without writing a doctoral dissertation.
Check out this YouTube Video 1970s Love Songs and apply it to your Dissertation Writing. Do you need a theme song to finish your dissertation?
Sign Sealed Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
A good dissertation is a done dissertation.
Love Story (Andy Williams)
You don’t have to write in a linear fashion. Begin with the section or chapter that you know best and build confidence from there. You need confidence and a plan to complete a dissertation.
The Long & Winding Road (Beatles)
Writing a dissertation will take longer than you think. It’s a Marathon, not a sprint. You need to set a goal to finish no matter what.
Bridge over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel)
Your advisor is the bridge between you, your dissertation and your PhD. If your advisor wants the dissertation in purple ink; your question should be, do you mean the deep deep purple or the light light lavender?
Hello Darlin’ (Conway Twitty)
Don’t neglect your dissertation. You should work on your dissertation daily. Your dissertation should be fresh in your head. At the end of each writing session, before your finish writing you should make a note to yourself telling you left off, what your current thoughts are and where you think you are going next.
Maybe I am Amazed (Paul McCartney)
You will be amazed at how long it takes and you will be amazed at the commitment you have to make to finish your degree.
Your Song (Elton John)
Yes you must put words on the paper to finish your dissertation. Ideas in your head are great but you must turn in a WRITTEN PRODUCT to get a PhD. You should not wait until your experiments are finished and or successful before your start writing. Write about what went wrong in the experiment. Even if you can’t write, you should start using a journal to write about why you are struggling to write. Make a habit of writing on a regular basis.
Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
Even if you are the first in your family to get “this far” you need to finish your degree. If you were smart enough to get into graduate school, finish the course work, pass the qualifying exams, you are smart enough to write a dissertation. It’s not about how smart you are, it’s about how committed are you to completing your degree. Can you find the time to complete this one last hurdle? Do you have 15 minutes to spare for your dissertation writing schedule?
You’ve Got a Friend (Carole King)
The truth of the matter is that while writing can be a lonely process, it doesn’t have to be. You can connect with people to schedule time, and places to write. You can connect with other graduate students on a blog who are also working on their dissertation. They are can very helpful; an on-line writing community can be very motivating.
If a picture paints a 1000 words consider using a diagram (figure, table) to make your ideas clear. Sometimes it’s easier to diagram your ideas before you begin writing. Create a clear picture then write the story based on what the picture is saying.
SuperStar (The Carpenter)
Long ago and so far way you decided that you wanted to pursue a PhD for a variety of reasons. If you have forgotten why you are writing you dissertation or pursuing your PhD, I recommend rereading your Statement of Purpose that you wrote prior to entering graduate school.
She’s Got a Way (Billy Joel)
You can’t get a PhD without writing and completing a dissertation. The writing in the dissertation is quite formal. The style and language is written based on your academic discipline. Look for the top journal in your field and write your dissertation in the same fashion. Translation:. Hence a good dissertation is a done dissertation.
Let’s Get it On (Marvin Gaye)
Stop waiting for an invitation, motivation, enthusiasms, to write your dissertation. You can work on your dissertation when you are tired, depressed, anxious, and just down right bored. No more excuses.
I got your started….can you apply your writing process to any of the other songs in the video. Do you need a theme song to play and make your feel special every time you start to work on your dissertation? Select one and hit repeat over and over.