Hi all! Today it’s International Book Day and I want to write something very short. I want to talk a bit about the book I am writing: my PhD thesis!
For those who are not in academia, the main step for the completion of a PhD is the submission of a written dissertation. This takes a massive effort to develop results to and also in writing a clear document that does not have a massive number of pages. From what I see, the average time for thesis dissertation writing is three months exclusively dedicated to the final document, while less intensive writing occurs throughout the research period. I have now about 25 pages written for my introduction and I can’t wait to write more for my book!
In Portugal we have a saying that a human, to feel complete, must do three things in life: plant a tree, write a book, and have a child. I never planted a tree, I don’t know yet if I’ll ever be a mother, but I already wrote a book. My MSc thesis is sort of a short book about anesthesia and lipid rafts (some special structures on the membranes of eukaryotic cells) with 80 pages and my PhD thesis with be way larger. However, me, as a multipotentialite, always full of ideas, have another project.
I want to write my own book!
I never seriously thought about writing a book because I am not talented for fictional writing. I found out about this since a very young age. However, I wanted to be a journalist in middle school and I think I’d be a good one since I like non-fictional writing and reporting facts. You can see that on the blog, which I deeply care about! I also like writing songs (I used to write a lot of lyrics as a teen) and even thought about writing some songs about my life in Boston and recording them for my own pleasure. But speaking about the real book, I had this idea in Princeton that I should write a book about my PhD experience, since I feel there is lack of books about such an intense experience. I would like to know if you’d be interested and I would release a short e-book here with some tips on travel and PhD as a free gift for subscribers. What do you think? Let me know what would you like to hear about! 🙂