Step 1: Revisit your work plan
See Stage 7 to build in significant time for writing and manageable deadlines (for example, a certain number of pages per day).
Step 2: Write regularly (daily, if possible), to help you strengthen the connection between your thinking and writing process, especially if you are in a field that does not involve much writing.
Step 3: Use brainstorming, inventing, and other pre-writing activities to discover your ideas about your subject and to prevent writer's block.
Step 4: Use outlining and mapping to organize your ideas logically and to write efficient drafts.
Step 5: Remember that drafting is rarely a linear process.
- Tips for writing
- Try writing the middle of chapters and sections first, since introductions are
often difficult to write when you are not yet sure what the chapter will contain
- If you reach a block, keep moving forward by tackling another section
- Resist the temptation to revise during the drafting process, which interrupts your ability to get your ideas down on paper quickly and efficiently (See Stage 13)
- When you end a writing session, decide where you will start writing in the next session to eliminate the temptation to procrastinate
- When you've produced text, reward yourself for doing the hard work of putting words to paper