Keeping Your Motivation When Starting New Thesis Chapter

I am just starting to edit my new chapter, which is one of my analysis chapters. It is projected to be 15,000 words, I have 10,000 to edit (I am now 2,000 words in) and have to write another 5,000 words.

When you are in process of doing the middle to end part of chapter, your motivation is at its peak position. You already know what you are doing, all of the data has been laid out, and that you just have to roll with it. While on the other hand, new chapter is weighed with distractions (yes, including this post), uncertainty, and fear of the daunting new task.

So how to keep your motivation steady? I compile some of the tips that work best for me when starting new chapter and move forward.

  1. Start from the thesis’s outline structure, and map out how long it would take in your calendar. You could also move from the back and decide when you should finish and take it from there.
  2. Write down each section’s synopsis. The synopsis should have (a) link from previous chapter (b) main interest of the heading and (c) structure of the text in each section.
  3. If you have to write new text, outline the arguments first. Don’t attempt to write anything from scratch. It’s just not gonna happen.
  4. If you have drawing/picture/images inside the text, for me I preferred to do/insert it latter. It is helpful to crank out all the text and then find out what kinds of drawing work more efficiently.
  5. If you have to edit, remember that editing takes ages. Don’t beat yourself up!
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