The No-Fail Secret to Writing a Dissertation


April 11, 2014

Theresa MacPhail, an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow at New York University, explains the best way to write a dissertation:

“As a former journalist, assistant professor, and seasoned dissertation-writing-workshop coach at New York University, I can promise you there is only one fail-safe method, one secret, one guaranteed trick that you need in order to finish your dissertation: Write.

“That’s it. Seriously. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are no magical shortcuts to the production of prose, academic or otherwise. If you want to complete your dissertation in a reasonable amount of time—and trust me, you do—you must learn to prioritize the act of writing itself and write every day. Writing must become a non-negotiable part of your daily routine…” Continue reading on Vitae. Photo by jjpacres.

2 thoughts on “The No-Fail Secret to Writing a Dissertation

  1. I believe a no-fail secret to writing a dissertation is time management. If you fail at this, you won’t be able to thoroughly conduct a research and put all details on the paper. Additionally, as mentioned by dissertationwriter at his blog prioritizing writing and writing daily are also well-known secrets to successful writing. And no matter how you look at time and proper distribution of work are of essence.

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