Writing a PhD

is like climbing a mountain. Only you have to build the mountain as you go, from handfuls of rubble. You have to poke at it until it sticks, and holds, and you can climb up to the next bit. But how satisfying it is, after weeks and weeks of gathering rubble and packing it together, to climb up on top of it and see further than you could before.

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3 thoughts on “Writing a PhD

  1. This analogy is great. Not surprisingly, writing a book is like this too, only the mountain might kind of be a little higher, or at least seems that way since you’re starting from the top of the rubble pile you already built–and you’re building the new mountain from that same pile. It’s all kind of precarious.

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