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I’m endlessly fascinated by the search terms that lead people to my website. Today these desperate words typed into google led them to some not-exactly-directly-related pearls of wisdom: inspire me to write my thesis.
I remember those days. I finished my PhD thesis in 1996, having started researching it in 1991 (and taken a year off due to some bone breakage), but it sure felt like it took a lot, lot, lot longer than that. At the time writing my thesis seemed by turns nightmarish, unendurable, hallucinegenic, boring, fun, hideous, never-ending and plain out-and-out pointless. I endlessly procrastinated until, faced with the prospect of no more scholarship, I buckled down and wrote day after day, night after night, barely sleeping, or eating, or doing anything else, until I was a sobbing insane mess and the thesis was finished.
Eventually it became The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction, a book I’m still ambivalent about because it’s not the book I wish it was. To me it will always be my PhD thesis: the monster that almost broke my brain.
Hmmm, that’s not very inspiring is it? Here’s why you should write your thesis:
On the other hand, I know plenty of people who haven’t got a PhD who are quite capable of finishing long prose pieces, have great research skills, a job, and know how to make a tiny budget stretch . . .
Posted by Justine at 18:38, 14 July 2005 under Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction, Bloggery/Internetty Stuff, Search Terms | 6 Comments »
another motivator is that if you don’t finish your thesis, you will always feel that the time you spent on it was utterly wasted. I know from experience.
July 14th, 2005 at 7:46 PM
2. Justine Says:
Yup, there’s another good reason. Though I guess it depends on how far along with it you are. If you’ve only just started, giving up is no big deal. Especially if you’re doing your PhD somewhere like Australia where there’s no course work only thesis.
July 15th, 2005 at 9:09 AM
how about idiots like me, who are trying to finish our mfa theses, which are novels, involving shitloads of historical and scientific research? don’t we get a triple prize: for writing a longer thesis than we have to, for killing two birds with one stone, and for finding a way to make wimpy, half-assed, non-exhaustive research have a point? shouldn’t i be getting more than just an mfa? like published or laid or something?
July 15th, 2005 at 2:18 PM
4. Justine Says:
Claire: All I can do is offer my heartfelt condolences. Good luck with it all! Onya!
July 15th, 2005 at 5:40 PM
Stephanie Burgis Says:
Thanks for posting this, Justine! it’s exactly what I needed to read right now, as I’ve just started a full-time job and still have my PhD thesis hanging over me. Man, is this time for some serious motivation…
July 21st, 2005 at 11:10 AM
6. Justine Says:
Stephanie: Glad to be of service. Good luck!
July 21st, 2005 at 11:19 AM
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