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The Scholarly Way: TCC Episode 20The Scholarly Way

Today's Episode

  • The Scholarly Way
  • Why I'm Writing It

The Scholarly Way

The Scholarly Way will be about how I'm making it through the dissertation process.

Area to be covered:

  • Best practices
  • Risks and risk mitigation
  • Personal development
  • Health
  • Faith
  • Family
  • Anything else I can think of that will help you.

Challenges I faced:

  • Learning style
  • Study habits
  • TIme Management

The Scholarly Way was inspired by The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) by Chris Hardwick, Dissertation and Scholarly Research: Recipes for Success: 2013 Edition by Marilyn K Simon Ph.D. (Author), Jim Goes Ph.D. (Author), Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis by Joan Bolker, The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation by Carol M. Roberts, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz, and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Other books that helped make this works possible: How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time by Nina Amir and Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should: Updated Second Edition by David Gaughran.

Why I'm Writing It

I have way too many book and screenwriting projects started and not finished. I'm also working on my dissertation. The dissertation was the primary reason for writing this book. I want to help students like me get through the PhD program and the dissertation process.

I plan on writing two or three posts a week, God willing. I don't see the book as a very long one, therefore  I'm hoping it won't take too long to finish it.

This will  be my first draft. I'm  not a professional editor, although I’ll be reading through each post at least once, doing a spellcheck, and then hit “publish.” If there are typos or grammatical errors, I’ll catch those later. That's what editors are for.

Special Thanks to:

Dr. Walter McCollum my Walden University mentor and dissertation chair

Dr. Antony Lolas of my dissertation committee

Marilyn K Simon for her expertise and support for research design

Dr. Latrice Walker for her mentorship outside Walden (Walden Graduate)

Dr. Brandon Hamilton for his mentorship outside Walden (DeVry University)

Those Who Encouraged Me to Launch this Project:

K.M. Weiland of the Helping Writers Become Authors Podcast for her support and guidance as a writer

Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn Podcast for her support and guidance as a writer

Nina Amir, author of the How to Blog a Book, for her book that made me seriously think about launching this book project.


5 Ways to Stay Motivated During the Dissertation Process: TCC Episode 19

Place this image in your mind to help with your motivation during the dissertation process.
Place this image in your mind to help with your motivation during the dissertation process.

Today's Episode:

  • My progress
  • Motivation During the Dissertation Process
  • 5 Ways to Stay Motivated

My Progress

Date: September 16, 2014

Name: Dissertation Writing

Topic: The Proposal

Milestones: Chapter 3 revisions

Summary: After coming back from a leave of absence, I'm on my second revision of chapter 3

Risk: Over thinking the process and getting stuck

Risk Mitigation Strategy: Meditation, work on a different section, and working on smaller chunks.

Project timeline: On Time

Committee Member: Dr. Walter McCollum & Dr. Anthony Lolas


Motivation During the Dissertation Process

Thanks to Dr. Walter McCollum, my dissertation chair and mentor, Drs. Latrice Walker and Brandon Hamilton, my mentors and friends, email and phone me increasing my levels of motivation during the dissertation process. I also found a writing support system face-to-face, with my fellow classmate and friend, Helen. She has been facing many of the challenges that I have, such as: family, work, and procrastination. I want to first congratulated her on her her milestones so far, completing KAM 6 and working on the application section of KAM 7. Hang in there!!!! We can do this!

Motivation is that desire or willingness from deep within us to do something (Hiam, 2002). In other words, dig deep and never give up. In our case, it is to get the dissertation done and graduate. How can you keep yourself motivated?

5 Ways to Stay Motivated During the Dissertation Process

5 Ways to Stay Motivated during the Dissertation Process (Simon and Goes, 2013; Bolker, 2010):

  • Meditate (complete stillness)
  • Take care of yourself
  • Visualize yourself completing the dissertation and graduation
  • Find a support system
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Like minded people
    • Blog or Podcast
  • Create relationships on social media
    • Twitter
    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook


Bolker, J. (1998). Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: A guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis. USA: New York, NY.

Hiam, A. (2002). Motivational management. (p. 12). New York, NY: AMACOM Books.

Simon, M. K., & Goes, J. (2013). Dissertation & scholarly research: Recipes for success. (2013 ed.). USA: Dissertation Success, LLC.


Latrice Walker, Ph.D.: http://robinkelly.house.gov/media-center/blog-posts/constituent-spotlightlatrice-walker

Brandon Hamilton, Ph.D. - Hamilton's Solutions: http://hamiltonssolutions.intuitwebsites.com/

Walter McCollum, Ph.D. - McCollum Enterprises, LLC: http://www.mccollumenterprisesllc.com/1905782.html