Allowing for a hour work day, then you need to write 15, words in 96 hours or about words an hour. Set a target of words an hour. Make sure you have time to edit your work. Good luck to you. Apart from that, I agree with your advice. Start now. Do you have a link to the thesis or perhaps some papers that have been produced from it? Last year a Twitter follower brought to my attention a post called How I went from writing words to 10, words a day by the fiction writer Rachel Aaron.
I did a double take. Can you really write 10, words a day? Well, Rachel says she can, with three conditions: 1 Know what you are going to write before you write it 2 Set aside a protected time to write, and 3 Feel enthusiastic about what you are writing I read the post with interest.
Imagine if you could reliably write 10, words a day, how long would it take to finish your thesis… A week? How about a journal paper — a day? Or so I thought. The Thesis Bootcamp concept is simple — put a whole lot of PhD students in a room for a whole weekend and set them the goal of writing 20, words each. Yes — you heard me right. At every Thesis Bootcamp we have run, at least one student will achieve this goal, and many write many more words than they thought they would.
Perfectionist writers have a problem doing this, which is why we see so many perfectionists at our Bootcamps. At Bootcamp we teach our students to focus the generative writing energy to productive effect. Four classes focused either directly or indirectly on my thesis.
They allowed me to: Do reading that related to my thesis, giving me the notes, insight, and citations I needed. I also outsourced the code-writing to assemble my mega-dataset which ended up being an obnoxious , data points. I did the analysis myself but building the dataset was a pain and as we covered earlier I lack these skills.
In exchange, my good friend got whiskey and contributor status in the thesis. Took him a few hours where it would have taken me ages. I also continued writing as I waited for feedback. No reason not to—I submitted the paper for feedback twice even when I knew there were some flaws that could be improved, which allowed me to keep working on it and not have to become idle.All of them were regrettable decisions. Getting Down To It Plan! And then some more! Fan of linear essay plans?
It is essentially how to use Boolean algebra to simplify circuits. Make a document with chapter headings and word counts next to them. I do too. If you feel stuck, do some free writing.
P taught me. Last year a Twitter follower brought to my attention a post called How I went from writing words to 10, words a day by the fiction writer Rachel Aaron. Instead of writing everything from beginning to end, I just summarized all the data that I collected and my methods.
A good solution is to go on social media only at predefined times of day — and preferably late in the day after you got your work done. Instead of writing everything from beginning to end, I just summarized all the data that I collected and my methods. Note that the following is an excerpt from my book, How to Crush College. Make the best of every day by setting realistic goals for that day — this will help you to keep up your momentum. At Bootcamp we teach our students to focus the generative writing energy to productive effect.
A history PhD it might follow a timeline from the past to the present; a science PhD might echo the order of the experiments that have been performed. If you are interested in some techniques and ideas for creating protective writing time, have a look at the following posts:. Getting Down To It Plan! We make a plan, and a week later we discover that we did not really follow through. Check out Text 2 Mindmap. Decide how long your Thesis will be.
If you feel stuck, do some free writing. There is no secret. Then make a list of the material you will include in the chapter as dot points.
In exchange, my good friend got whiskey and contributor status in the thesis. But no! Celebrate each small victory and every small step you take in the right direction.