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"I write to discover what I know."

That quote is by Flannery O'Connor. She spent most of her life in Milledgeville, GA about two and a half hours from where I live. I like many of her stories, though I have to read them in small batches as she is incredibly brutal to her characters.

I realize that writing a dissertation is not the same as writing a story or a novel. However, I think there is the same level of self-encouragement required to do it. I did some looking for a video or resources that might be helpful as you move ahead in this work. I found a couple that started with, "I haven't finished my dissertation yet, but..." I decided those might not be as helpful as I had hoped.

Instead, I'll give you the link to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. If you're a Clemson student, you should have access to it through the university. If you're elsewhere, check and see if your institution provides it. I have found it to be very helpful beyond the dissertation as I need encouragement, suggestions, and ideas for how to structure my writing time. Here you go:

Finally, the photo below is one I took when we visited Flannery O'Connor's home - Andalusia Farm - a few months ago. I'm not sure that the pages were marked by Flannery O'Connor (particularly since Flannery O'Connor died about ten years before the first Post-It notes were on the market). Really the only reason I included this is to suggest that if this strategy is the only one you're using to make notes before you start writing your dissertation, that's not going to work.

You're welcome.

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