Sometimes we all suffer from a bit of writers block – and starting at a blank piece of paper gets intimidating after a while. Lots of people have written about ways to help combat writers block. The success of the different approaches differ from person to person – but I came across two absolute must read articles on writer’s block in the last couple of weeks.
The unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of “writer’s block”.
A Multisite Cross-Cultural Replication of Upper’s (1974) Unsuccessful Self-Treatment of Writer’s Block
Go ahead and read them now, I promise they won’t take long!
Are you getting tired of reading heady intellectual journal articles but don’t want to be caught procrastinating? Do you want to have fun while also reading proper academic papers?
If you answered yes (and even if you didn’t), I bring you NCBI ROFL
The writers at NCBI have scoured the PubMed database to find published scientific articles that will keep you entertained for hours.
They post real scientific articles with funny subjects from the PubMed database
Some of their favourite posts include
Accidental condom inhalation.
Does garlic protect against vampires? An experimental study.
Finding the frequency of Fido’s farts.
Harry Potter and the curse of headache.
A woman’s history of vaginal orgasm is discernible from her walk.
I’ve been working on writing a grant application this week (between that and wandering around London looking for perfect shoes!)
It’s not a big grant, and I’m only a small part of it, but while trying to work out how to sell the research to reviewers I came across this wonderful post in Project Graduate School.
via Project Graduate School
Have fun kids 🙂
This week’s Random Whimsy is from McSweeney’s (by way of The Thesis Whisperer and Explorations of Style).
‘An open letter to my dissertation on the correlation between history and identity formation in colonial Massachusetts and Pennsylvania‘ from the series ‘Open letters to people or entities who are unlikely to respond’.
I’ve always been a big fan of McSweeney’s, so if you’re looking for a way to unwind over the weekend there is a nice place to start.