Petre & Rugg (2010). The process of writing. (The Unwritten Rules Of PhD Research.)

Petre, M., & Rugg, G. (2010). The process of writing. In The Unwritten Rules Of PhD Research (pp. 159-169). McGraw-Hill International.

[“Removing distractions” (p 160) …]

“Put your out-takes and extra ideas in a safe place, such as a shoebox, for later use. Then stop thinking about them while you write your dissertation.” (p 160)

“Don’t edit until you have a complete first draft. One exquisite paragraph is not much use out of context – better to flesh out a first draft before diverting yourself into a perfectionistic editing loop.” (p 160)

[“Getting started” (p 160) …]

“Write it ‘wrong’.” (p 161)

[“Don’t start at the beginning” (p 161) …]

“Skip the introduction and start with the material which is most familiar, or easiest to express.” (p 161)

[“Finding a focus” (p 162) …]

“… all the elements of your dissertation must ultimately contribute to the Big Picture — and work that doesn’t contribute to it should be left out.” (p 162)

“For each section (or paragraph), write a comment on its _role_ in the document …” (p 163)

[“Obstacles” (p 163) …]

“Mind maps. Once you’ve got all the ideas mapped out, then you can try to arrange them into a linear order.” (p 166)

[“Allow time for reflection, review and housekeeping” (p 168) …]

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