Writing Tips: How I Finished My Dissertation Ahead of Schedule

Are you a graduate student trying to write a dissertation? Here are some tips and tricks for finishing on time without frustration. You can use some of these ideas no matter what you’re writing. Feel free to comment below about your situation if you want any specific suggestions not on this list.

Try this:

1. Write a minimum of 250 words a day on a regular basis (wherever works: for me, it was a cafe).

2. Don’t labour over every word (separate the writing and editing phases, edit later).

3. You’re likely to go over 250 and feel good doing it. After a few days/weeks, you’ll have a good chunk of text done that you can edit.

4. Set a hard deadline for rereading and editing that “Ugly First Draft, as Ann Handley calls it.

5. Then send it to your supervisor. They usually need a lot of time to look at it. Sometimes months.

6. Don’t wait for the feedback: write something else in the meanwhile.

7. Don’t fret over the order of your writing, at first. (You can start with the middle of the last chapter.) If you’re ever stuck, feel free to jump to something else. Just write!

8. As you accumulate edited content, start to piece it together and to fill in the gaps and transitions.

9. Brush it up until you have a completed rough draft of the whole, reread it, and send it off.

10. As you wait for feedback on your complete draft, keep writing! You might end up writing things that will help you respond to feedback that you get, or that you can use for another project or purposes.

You can do it!

The key points for me were 1-3: writing regularly to hit a reachable goal (starting a positive feedback loop) and not getting stuck editing while writing.

You’ll have to see what works for you. Try these tips. 
If they’re helpful, run with them. 

Good luck!

Arktos interview

Arktos, the press that publishes most of my Dugin translations, interviewed me earlier this week about my research.

Here’s the video:

Feel free to comment, and if you enjoyed the discussion, please like it on Youtube and share it.

Thank you.

Millerman Talks Episode 11 – (Leo Strauss on) German Nihilism

I made a video walk-through of Leo Strauss’s lecture on German Nihilism. Strauss touches many points that matter today:

  • What is the responsibility of educators to nihilistic students?
  • What errors do the opponents of the nihilists make?
  • What is nihilism, anyway?
  • What is its relation to civilization?
  • Why is it militaristic?
  • Is German nihilism just Nazism?

Strauss’s essay helps us answer all those questions and more. In my video, I also show how his arguments relate to Trumpism, the open society, and more.

Hopefully, my explanation will make the essay itself more easily accessible for those with an interest in such topics. More videos to come!

Strauss’s essay: https://bit.ly/2DZoNAF



Right-Heideggerianism and Jewish Thought

At the University of Toronto, I did a PhD in Political Science. My two subfields were political theory and international relations. But I also did a collaborative degree in Jewish Studies. As part of my degree requirements, I had to give a talk at the Center for Jewish Studies. Controversially, I decided to speak on the relevance of Heidegger to Jewish thought. In particular, I wanted to highlight “Right Heideggerianism” as an understudied philosophical resource. Because Alexander Dugin is the leading “Right Heideggerian” as defined in the talk, I argued that we should consider the experimental application of his Fourth Political Theory to Zionism. If you’d like to hear the argument in more detail, watch the video below and then read this article: https://bit.ly/2FsYmVI

Why Students Are Terrified (To Speak Their Minds): Guest Blog Post at Psychology Today

Lee Jussim, who runs the Rabble Rouser blog on Psychology Today, recently invited me to contribute a guest blog post about academia. The post is up and has been doing really well. It’s about an experience I had as a teaching assistant. I set up a discussion for the students about the social construction of identity, but no one took the bait.

Read the post to find out why.