I get a lot of emails every day from people looking for advice on structuring or writing their PhD.

And often they’re accompanied by the same statement: ‘I’m sorry if this is a stupid question, but…’

But let me tell you this. There is no such thing as a stupid question.

If you don’t know the answer to something and you ask someone that does, that makes it a valid question. If someone tells you you’ve asked a stupid question that’s their problem, not yours.

So next time you’re scratching your head wondering what goes where in your PhD, don’t be afraid to ask people more knowledgable than you. That might be your supervisor, a colleague or me.

Or, it might be during the first monthly #PhDclinic Twitter Chat that I’m running tomorrow, Friday 13th March, at 11am UK time. Got a question about how to structure of plan your PhD? Ask a question on Twitter and be sure to include the hashtag #PhDclinic in your Tweet. You don’t need to follow up, or to tag us (but if you want to, our handle is @phdproofreaders). Just use the hashtag and we’ll see your questions. Then we’ll respond to the questions live tomorrow.

Good luck and see you tomorrow!