If I had scenes that were boring enough that I didn’t want to write them, then there was no way in hell anyone would want to read them. Unfortunately in Thesis World this is not always possible.
There will always be parts that are functional and unexciting; I call these the ‘dry toast’ sections – you need to do a lot of unproductive chewing before you can swallow.
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.
A history Ph D it might follow a timeline from the past to the present; a science Ph D might echo the order of the experiments that have been performed.
But multi-disciplinary Ph Ds, or Ph Ds in ‘polyglot’ disciplines like education, do not have comfortable traditions. Try the following technique: Following these steps will help you to create the Thesis map – but it’s important to remember that this is merely an aid to writing, not a plan set in stone.The days Rachel was able to write 10,000 words were the days she was writing scenes she had been ‘dying to write’ – she called these the ‘candy bar scenes’.Days where she found it hard to muster 5000 words a day she was bored with what she was writing: This was a duh moment for me, but it also brought up a troubling new problem. In the fiction world the answer to Rachel’s dilemma was simple – make the boring scenes more interesting!If you are interested in some techniques and ideas for creating protective writing time, have a look at the following posts: 3) Feel enthusiastic about what you are writing I think this is the ‘secret sauce’ in the 10,000 words a day recipe.Rachel Aaron did some deep analysis of her productive writing days and compared these to the occasional not-so-productive days.Students, particularly those in the humanities and arts, tend to agonise over the Thesis document ‘structure’.I think the anxiety stems from the idea that ‘Thesis structure’ is some kind of perfect platonic form they need to discover. The Thesis Bootcamp formula was developed by Liam Connell and Peta Freestone of the University of Melbourne. I’m now a 10,000 words a day believer because I have been watching students write even more than this in a single day at the Thesis Bootcamps we run at ANU.It’s important to realise that structure is made, not found.Thesis structure is strongly influenced by disciplinary precedent and the content of the Thesis itself.