Advice for a newly-minted PhD: write that second book quickly

Here is some good advice from Ronald Boer’s blog Stalin’s Moustache telling new Ph.D. graduates (like me) to get your next book done quickly. The six months he suggests might not be reasonable for most people. I am still trying to reconfigure my dissertation into its new book form and I’m past the six month mark. But I understand were Boer is coming from. Get you ideas out. Don’t let them linger. Write!

STALIN'S MOUSTACHE

Just completed a PhD? If so, you are probably completely sick and tired of the whole process. The last thing you want to do is engage in further research, since the PhD thesis was like scaling a Mt. Everest of information, ideas, and directions. Who would want to do that again in the near future?

So take a tip from a film director, whose name escapes me: after a first blockbuster, make your second film quickly. There’s plenty of ideas in your head, many of which could not make it into a PhD. You have done the reading and thinking. So write that second book quickly. Six months is all it needs, for a sharp, short book.

Why? That way you realise it doesn’t take another massive effort to complete a writing project. By the time you have finished, new ideas will be forming, further books planned.

Too often I…

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