Your Words Unleashed Podcast, hosted by author and writing coach Dr. Leslie Wang, helps women scholars master their writing habits and publish a book that matters.
When to Say No This Semester
Today’s episode is meant to help you figure out what to prioritize in your work this semester.
I want you to keep your own mental, physical, and emotional health and well-being at the forefront, and this means SAYING NO to things that do not serve you.
When I talk about saying no to requests, I’m especially referring to service and committee work that can be extremely tiring and time-consuming, but not necessarily valued much by your institution or by academia in general.
What I’m going to talk about today pairs really well with the third episode of this podcast that was called “Create Bulletproof Boundaries with Your Job.”
Listening to these together will help you make a solid plan for the next few months that will allow you to keep your own writing and life goals front and center.
Prioritizing your own needs—which sometimes could mean disappointing others—is the best way to ensure that you don’t burn out by giving away too much.
So I’ll be giving you two different strategies to help you assess whether or not you want to accept a new request.
I’ll also give some examples of wording you can use in emails to gracefully and tactfully turn down requests that won’t benefit you much.
This is so important because you want to protect your precious time and energy while still maintaining good professional relationships. And it’s a delicate balance.
All About Writing Groups
On today’s episode I’m going to be talking about how important it is to be part of writing groups and how to run them.
This is always true, but especially so when you’re working on your first book.
When you have the support and accountability, you will not only write more, but you’ll feel a lot better while doing it.
And who doesn’t want that?
Create Calm Through Meditation
On today's podcast episode I thought I would do something a little bit different. Rather than giving tips or advice about writing, I’d like to help you create a sense of internal calm with a short guided meditation.
When you’re in a calm, curious, and collected space, much more is possible in every realm of life.
In the days ahead, with their many challenges, you can use this technique at any time to still your mind, knowing that in a few simple moments you can feel completely calm again.
Befriend Your Inner Critic
Tips to Revise Your Dissertation into a Book
So in the last episode I talked about some of the reasons why transforming your dissertation into a book is an emotionally complex process.
It’s possible you’ve outgrown your topic and need to find ways to reconnect to your original sources of inspiration to keep going.
You also need to bid farewell to your earlier grad student self and move forward into the next stage of your intellectual journey as an expert, and I gave you a little exercise you could do to move this process along.
Today’s episode is going to be all about practical application. I’m going to give some really useful and specific tips and tricks that will help you revise your dissertation into a book.
Why Transforming Your Dissertation into a Book is So Hard
Recently I was asked by a large research university to put together a workshop for junior faculty about transforming your dissertation into a book.
It’s made me reflect on the very long and painful process I went through writing my first book, which I started working on soon after I graduated with my PhD in 2010.
In this episode I’m going to focus on WHY revising your dissertation is such an emotionally fraught process.
I’ll give you an exercise at the end to help you reflect on your journey from graduate student to full-fledged expert.
And in the next episode, I will give some specific and practical tips and tricks to help you as you work on revising.
Very informative and super helpful!
Leslie Wang’s provides a fresh perspective on writing. I feel energized and inspired to write my book!