I am in my 6th year of a phd and am concerned that I am not receiving the kind of guidance that I need to publish and write a thesis. I am interested in particle physics. I meet with my supervisor once a week, and tell him about the papers I've been reading and thats about it. I pretty much decide which papers to read and I am at a loss on how to publish something by myself. The kind of papers I read I can just about understand, but could never create something like that by myself, but the impression I get is that's whats expected of me before I am ready to write my dissertation. My supervisor says he wants me to write 2 to 3 letters and 1 or 2 papers (15 pages) and that will be sufficient to start writing a dissertation, but I don't even know what I'm going to do, or how to do it. (i know what I'm interested in, but can't think of anything original to add). What kind of supervision did anyone else get for their PhD's???