I am currently writing my thesis, having my first full draft out, I came across this video:
The advice about just write. I am going to share my experience with all you. I attended not once, not twice but thrice thesis bootcamp. What is a thesis bootcamp? Is a camp where you just write! Was it useful?
Yes, to a level. I got my chapter 3 done and bits of pieces of everything. I will share with all of you what I wish I knew then.
The advice given by The Scholarpreneur is helpful but when science is involved, a slight more things need to be done if you have not completed your experiments.
This is what we are taught:
What I feel is missing from that flow is guessing the outcome even before we start the experiment in order to be able to write about it. This is what you should do before we start writing when your experiments are not complete:
The good thing about just writing, force yourself to look at your work and how everything connects to each other. You will also realised if there is any missing experiments. What you need to do here is make sure you mark that part up, continue on writing and running your experiments. Once you have the results, just fill them in!
Once you force yourself to write and the first full draft is out. I have this problem. My supervisors give me feedback and I am back to square one, the writer’s block! What???!!! You wrote 100 over pages and yet when the feedbacks come back you get stuck???!!!! Yea with innocent look *-*
I am going to share my method with you. It works for me, I am not sure if it will work for others, but hey, you are stuck, no harm trying!
This is what I called the bullseyes! If you know how bullseyes target is one round after another till you reach that red dot! Read the feedback by your supervisors, see if the part is related to other parts. If not, read that section again, if you need write it out in point form, like you will write a point when reading a textbook or paper. Draw a mind map, by this stage you should be able to see the connections with the various part already. Improve on the mindmap if you are to improve on that part, then write or revised based on that mindmap! Once you are done with that section, same approach, move the the next feedback your supervisors have given you!
The most important part here is not to loose the momentum. Once you live what you write too long, you will have harder times picking it up but hopefully with the bullseyes target, you will be able to connect things again!
Yes, you can get another person to review your work but part of the skills you need to build is criticising your own work. In a PhD, you can be as detailed in your experiments but you know your experiments so well, every settings! When you write it down, everything seems to be have been “understood” but not your readers! Read your own work, Attack! Attack! Attack! Continue on with the mindmapping so you don’t get lose in 100 over pages but improve on your own writing. Not an easy skill to pick, but if a skill you need to pick to move as a researcher!
You know you have done the first full draft, procrastination kicks in! Is time to count the days! Read this: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2016/02/23/the-truth-behind-why-we-procrastinate/#5736094516cc
All the best to myself, I hope I can finish the 2nd round in 4 weeks time. Keep pushing, dont give up, you come so far! Only those that persevere gets it done!