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I started my PhD about a year ago, and have been writing a paper since then. It has had several reincarnations and data sets, and I am probably on about the 15th draft. Recently, I have just started writing another paper which will be published in an academic 'magazine' for want of a better word (i.e. not peer reviewed) which has to be submitted at the end of september. The problem is that I am expected to write these papers, come up with the ideas, do the analysis...which is fine. I submit a draft to both my supervisors...who then give contradicting advice. My main superisor wants me to include more complicated statistics and theory, the other wants me to simplify the paper and make it more 'interesting'!
I am absolutely crap at writing, completely dire. It is really starting to get to me that I am so bad at writing papers...these papers take me so long to draft and don't seem to be coming to anything, also there not really related to my PhD in a very strong way. I feel like I'm wasting valuable time that i could do with using on my PhD. I am behind on my lit review and have a lot of work to make up in time for my upgrade.
I just feel like bursting into tears right here in my office. I don't know if i want to continue with this phd it is making me so unhappy. I don't know what to do!
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