Ugh. So lazy today. And yesterday. So in tribute, here is a previously-penned bit of advice. It isn’t even mine. I swiped it from a manual on how to write your PhD thesis. Psht. I’m not going to justify any of this, just going to paste it here along with a link to one of my favorite websites, The Newton Papers.
Advice from Dr. Jeffrey S. Brooks, University of Missouri
Every time you sit down to work, every time—whether you are reading an article or working on your methodology section—you should have something you can hold in your hand to show for that time.
If you haven’t produced something—a paragraph, three pages, a set of notes that correspond to the article you just read, a rough draft, some free writing, and so on— then you wasted your time.
(If you find you spend your time in an unproductive manner, change your routine, get new friends, write longhand instead of typing—you are in a rut! Do something to get out of it.)
You must make time to read throughout the dissertation-writing phase and approach that reading with a critical eye. This must be critical reading both of new literature and your own work. Pay attention to content and the way other authors construct their arguments, support their claims, and make their recommendations. You will learn something and be able to put it to good use!
Write! Use an outline, write a topic sentence and support it with evidence, write something in several ways, use synonyms and antonyms, vary your sentence structure, set deadlines to complete parts of the work and hit them.
In part, a scholar’s life is a writer’s life, and there’s no better way to improve as a writer than by writing.