When writing your dissertation it’s important to keep to a set schedule even if it is 15 minutes a day. In the Dissertation House/Writing Retreat/Bootcamp we stick to a very strict schedule. Everyday, we start at 9 am, eat lunch at 12, and finish at 5. How consistent are you with your writing process? A student from Michigan once said to me that the Dissertation Writing Retreat is like hiring a trainer to whip you into shape. Prior to the trainer, you went to the gym to workout on a regular basis. You actually thought you were in shape until met with a trainer. You are sore in places you didn’t even know could get sore. After the Dissertation Writing Retreat/Dissertation House/Bootcamp you feel the same way. You thought you had been working on your dissertation but you really never really spent that many hours working on the document.
Stop waiting for inspiration to write. Writing a dissertation requires writing when you don’t feel like it. When you don’t feel like it, do something else. Create your tables, figures, illustrations; be sure that the look and feel is consistent throughout the document. Look at each table, figure, and illustration and write a paragraph or two about it. Format your document. Create the cover page. Create the Approval page. What are you waiting for? Godot?