Why is writing so difficult?

Writing a paper or a dissertation is for many scientists a real pain in the neck. This week, I talk with Martha Boeglin from Scriptoria about what makes writing so difficult.

We share what it was like for us to write our Ph.D. theses. We also talk about perfectionism, writing processes, fear of failure, negativity bias, delusions of grandeur, and describe the methods that have helped us and the scientists we work with overcome writing blocks. I hope you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as I did!


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Martha is a doctor of philosophy and an expert in scientific writing. She teaches training courses to help Ph.D. students write their theses and articles and has authored several books on the subject. She speaks and works in French, English, German, Spanish, and Serbian. When it comes to languages, she is the person to go to. Check out her blog!

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