Dr Peta Freestone

Words on Writing

Three ways to keep your New Year writing resolutions

It’s the second week of January. Universities, workplaces and our mindsets are getting back into the swing of things. Before you get too embedded in all that, let me ask one thing: did you make any New Year writing resolutions? Yes? Is this the year you’re going to finish your PhD? Or maybe you’re going […]

Valuing your writing: making a time budget

Remember back to when you wanted to make your first big purchase? Mine was a bass guitar. As red and glossy as early summer cherries, it beckoned from the music store window. I’d stand on the pavement outside, palms pressed to the glass, day-dreaming like the protagonist in the opening scenes of a coming-of-age movie. […]

You and writing deadlines: BFFs or toxic frenemies?

Ever missed a writing deadline? Missed one in the past few months? Maybe even a few of them? Crucially, have any of these been self-imposed deadlines? If so, it’s probably time to reassess your relationship with your writing targets. In the early days of a long-form writing project (and particularly for a PhD), it’s easy to shrug […]

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