How to write 10,000 words a day

One of the most popular posts on the Thesis Whisperer is How to write 1000 words a day and not go bat shit crazy. Last year a Twitter follower brought to my attention a post called How I went from writing 2000 words to 10,000 words a day by the fiction writer Rachel Aaron.

I did a double take.

Can you really write 10,000 words a day? Well, Rachel says she can, with three conditions:

1) Know what you are going to write before you write it
2) Set aside a protected time to write, and
3) Feel enthusiastic about what you are writing

I read the post with interest. Much of what Rachel did conformed with what I suggest in my earlier post, but I couldn’t bring myself to really believe Rachel’s productivity claims. To regularly write 10,000 words: It’s the dream, right? Imagine if you could reliably write 10,000 words a day, how long would it take to finish your thesis… A week? How about a journal paper – a day?

Impossible!

Or so I thought.

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 3.06.29 pmI’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.

The Thesis Bootcamp formula was developed by Liam Connell and Peta Freestone of the University of Melbourne. Thesis Bootcamp (and the veteran’s days which follow) is a total program designed to help late stage PhD students finish their thesis document (In some countries this document is called the ‘dissertation’, but I will use the Australian term ‘thesis’ here). The Thesis Bootcamp concept is simple – put a whole lot of PhD students in a room for a whole weekend and set them the goal of writing 20,000 words each.

Yes – you heard me right.

At every Thesis Bootcamp we have run, at least one student will achieve this goal, and many write many more words than they thought they would. In a previous post Peta Freestone and Liam Connell wrote about the ideas behind Thesis Bootcamp. In this post I want to reflect on Rachel Aaron’s threefold advice and put in the context of thesis writing.

1) Know what you are going to write before you write it

Composing a Thesis requires you to do different types of writing. Some of this writing is ‘generative’ in that it helps you form and articulate ideas by… just writing as much as you can, not as well as you can. It works best when you don’t second-guess yourself too much. The philosophy is ‘make a mess and then clean it up’. 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. An important step in this process is for the student to spend at least a week making a ‘Thesis map’  before they come to Bootcamp. The map is essentially a series of sub-headings which the students use as prompts for composing new text, or re-using existing text.

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.

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. A history PhD it might follow a timeline from the past to the present; a science PhD might echo the order of the experiments that have been performed. But multi-disciplinary PhDs, or PhDs in ‘polyglot’ disciplines like education, do not have comfortable traditions. This means you’ll have to make the structure up. Try the following technique:

  • Try to capture an overview of the Thesis by completing the following sentences from the work of Rowena Murray):
    • This Thesis contributes to knowledge by…
    • This Thesis is important because…
    • The key research question is….
    • The sub-questions are….
  • Decide how long your Thesis will be. Most universities have a maximum word count. Aim for your Thesis to be at least 2/3 of this total (it’s likely you will write more than this, but this gives you some wriggle room).
  • Make a document with chapter headings and word counts next to them. Include an introduction of 2000 – 3000 words followed by up to seven chapters of equal length and a conclusion of around 4000 – 5000 words.
  • Under the conclusion heading write a rough list of points you think will go in there (hint – these should be answers to the research questions you have posed). Study these closely – have you got data, theories, evidence and arguments to support these conclusions? These concluding points, singularly or in combination, will form the ‘key learnings’ of the Thesis – the knowledge and ideas you want your readers to absorb.
  • Each chapter should have at least one key learning in it, maybe more. Under each chapter heading note the key learnings in the form of a brief synopsis of up to 300 words. This synopsis is like a mini abstract that explains what the rest of the chapter will be about.
  • Then make a list of the material you will include in the chapter as dot points. Don’t worry about the gaps and stuff you haven’t written yet – just make a note of them. These should be short sentences that will act as subheadings
  • Now ask yourself: If, at the end of the chapter, I want the reader to be convinced of the validity of this key learning, what needs to appear first? What comes next? And so on. Rearrange or write new subheadings as you go until you have arranged all the subheadings of the chapter in a way that tells the research story.

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. You can change, add and move stuff around as you write.

In our Thesis Bootcamps we ask students to just pick a spot on this map and start writing as fast as they can, not as well as they can. Does this generate perfect thesis ready text? Not necessarily, but many students say that the writing they produce at Bootcamp is clearer than the writing they did before it, when they are worrying over every word. I think the thesis map is a big part of this clarity because it keeps the focus tight.

This organising technique works best for very late stage thesis students, but it can be a way of creating order at any time in your journey and working out what you need to find out or write more about. I’ve made a downloadable cheat sheet which shows you my own Thesis map, generated by the above method so you can make one of your own.

2) Set aside a protected time to write

I’ve written so much about this, so I wont rehash it all here. 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. 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. 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. This was my novel, after all. If I didn’t love it, no one would.

In the fiction world the answer to Rachel’s dilemma was simple – make the boring scenes more interesting! 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.

There’s a term that describes this process in gamer culture – ‘grinding’. Grinding is being forced to perform the same action over and over again before you can ‘level up’ in the game and get more powers / weapons / armour or whatever. The level up is the pay-off.

One of the most genius ideas Liam and Peta incorporated into Bootcamp was the squeezy lego blocks. We give these out for each 5000 words written in a particular colour order: green, blue, red and gold. The blocks clip together to make a little lego ‘wall’ that the students can display at their writing station. When first presented with the idea of the blocks the students laugh, but all too soon, they are typing furiously with single minded purpose – to get the next block. We have a little ceremony every time someone gets a block, clapping them as they walk up to write their name on the board. It’s cheesy, but it works to turn writing from a source of pain to a celebration. So think about how to reward yourself for every 5000 words written.

Up for the challenge? Have a look at the testimonials on our ANU You Tube channel. I’d love to hear about other ways of doing writing marathons and what you think about this kind of ‘binge writing’.

If you are an ANU student, click this link to find out how to get involved in Thesis Bootcamp on campus.

If you are in the UK, Dr Peta Freestone is available to run Thesis Bootcamp in your university.

Related Posts

Rachel Aaron’s post ‘How I went from writing 2000 words to 10,000 words a day

“How to write 1000 words a day and not go bat shit crazy”

Video testimonials on the ANU Youtube channel

89 thoughts on “How to write 10,000 words a day

  1. I’ve been doing medical writing and translations, and all work comes with tight deadlines, but the normal speed always was 2500 words a day or 10 standard pages. I know people who were able to go up to 4000 words, but quite honestly: how can one be sure about quality of such writing? Is the goal just in quantity or is it in something worthwhile? I’d never believe every single word in a 10K word writing a day is in its right place, or has the shade of meaning which makes any writing unique and worth reading. It’s also physically very tough. After typing some 100 pages in 4 days I was always sick: wrists and shoulders were hurting, and over years my eyesight worsened a lot. Maybe she is dictating this using a voice recognition software? However, that requires a lot of editing. 40 standard pages a day is bit overdone. Just my thoughts.

    • yes – that was my initial thought too when I heard about the concept. But most students on bootcamp tell us that the words are ok – sometimes the words are actually pretty good. I really think the thesis map is the key to that process. But maybe some veterans will chip in and tell us what they think.

      • I dunno that I think that 2500 words a day is going to be perfect either, but I’d rather have a student think about 10000 less than perfect words that are able to be edited, than having them imagine a tidy cap on what is perfected and then wonder why those 2500 words (only 2500!) aren’t perfect.

        I also wouldn’t mind responding to the whole 10000 words is bad for the body… I’ve done 10000 words in a day before or close to it (write, remove, I dunno, it must have been close), and while it’s not sustainable (I don’t think that’s argued in TTW’s piece), it’s like any singular process it does require a good setup, reasonable chair sitting-related health, and all of the same things that writing for two hours requires.

        I should say that while I understand this is from my perspective and within the disciplines I work and supervise across. But in a world where candidates can be afraid of committing to the page, a huge amount of less than perfect writing, is a lot better than nothing, as thesecondplanb states eloquently below.

    • I agree, as someone who regularly reaches the 10k mark in fiction writing.

      But this article is also talking about theses, and those require 4x the amount of time researching, as the actual writing. It seems silly to me, to do weeks of research, and try to cram it all into one day. I have written 30 page historiographies in a single night, but after weeks of research, and a clear outline with all my quotes and citations prepared in advance… to research and write a thesis in a single day is impossible for a non-expert.

      Now, my upper limit is around 18k words, the quality of fiction I produce drops dramatically between 8-12k words. Anything after that is gibberish to some extent, because you’ve been at it for 8 hours or more – the brain isn’t meant to handle that cognitive load, and no matter how good you are, that quality will tank. Not to mention, you may burn yourself out mentally, and where you may have written 20k over 4 days, you’ll only get 15k done factoring in recovery, and how much editing you’ll have to do of your abundant fatigued errors. Unless you’re a Mozart of prose.

      Is it possible to write 10k a day? Yes.

      Is it a good idea? Not necessarily.

  2. In his excellent book: The Elements of Academic Style, Eric Hayot, points out that — with a routine — two pages a day of quality writing should be achievable: http://www.amazon.com.au/The-Elements-Academic-Style-Humanities-ebook/dp/B00IQY3ELE
    (That’s a full draft of a dissertation in one hundred days –five months of work.) However, it does depend on a methodical disposition and assuming not much else gets in the way. He allows for this with another half year for unexpected problems, and 5-6 months for revisions. Two years in total. This is what it took me to do a second doctorate — but by then I’d learnt how to write in the required style, and had made writing part of my daily routine. I’d suggest that 10K words a day would lead to pretty ordinary prose, requiring considerable editing and revision. Like food, I personally prefer quality over quantity.

    • Sure – these words often need extensive revision, but what’s surprised all of us who run bootcamp this way is that it’s not as much as you might think in most cases. Have a look at the testimonials

      • I guess it is very much a function of what you are writing about, and to some extent it is discipline-specific. 10K words of descriptive writing is quite achievable: e.g., writing up a methodology section, or even the substantive part of a Lit review. But argumentative writing? This the bread and butter of a Philosophy thesis, and it is expected in most discipline areas to some extent. I can’t see anyone (say) knocking out a 10K critical response to Kant’s argument against St. Alselm’s third version of the Ontological argument (or whatever). It just wouldn’t happen. They’d go batty, and it would read like rubbish. With this kind of writing moving words around is like moving heavy stones — it’s not uncommon to spend weeks on a paragraph. But with other writing tasks one can burn through the words quickly. (I remember ripping out an 8K word paper in two days and getting it published in one of the best journals in the field. I was in what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyl call’s “the zone” –which is common to writers and athletes alike. Happened only once, but it did happen. Mind you, a lot of prior thought went into it, and it was foregrounded by a previously written thesis chapter.)

  3. It was a mantra I learned from being a perfectionist during my PhD. Write anything: you can make something that exists beautiful, but you can’t make blank space beautiful. Great piece!

  4. I’m lucky (?) because I did my PhD alongside full time work and raising two small children so I really needed to make effective use of my time. During the final stages I had many days where I wrote several thousand words per day (I wrote 30k words between 4am and 6.30am across several mornings during the christmas break).

    As soon as my thesis was done i was lucky enough to get a book deal. It was 70,000 words, long in the planning and researching but the main write up took a fortnight. The consultation and editing phases took longer…

    Over many years of needing to write productively for work, for study and for pleasure I’ve learnt three lessons I thought it might be helpful to share:

    1. Learn your own rhythms – for some reason I am most productive very early in the day. I’m at my desk at 5am every day where I do three hours work and produce about a day’s worth of output. I do this at the weekends too. People think I’m crazy but it frees up my afternoons to play with my kids. I can’t write well at 4pm anyway…

    2. Write every day. It doesn’t matter what you write. Just practising writing helps you to learn and makes you less hesitant. Blogging is a great discipline and can be a good way to share your evolving ideas and forces you to crystallise them. For me, it was also a way to share practical ideas learnt during my PhD with the many school staff I consulted with who were keen for help (my PhD focused on supporting school children with eating disorders). Incidentally, this blog was picked up by a publisher and formed the basis for a small book which I was able to use as a resource for participants in my research.

    It doesn’t have to be blogging though. Just regularly sitting down to write. Anything.

    3. Share what you write – getting used to the idea you’ll need to share your words with your supervisor and others is less scary if you’ve been in the habit of putting your writing out there and encouraging honest feedback. This is another reason I’m a fan of blogging. I currently write and share a poem a day – I figure if I can share something that intimate each day I can share anything an editor may ever need!

    I’d also recommend people try NaNoWriMo as a vehicle – it’s designed for novel writing but you could use it to write 50k words of your thesis in a month. It provides a community you can meet online or in person. As suggested above, don’t expect all of your words to be good – but the more you practice, the more frequently your words will be good. Oh, and your typing gets faster, that helps!

  5. I totally get that. My best ever day was 8,000 words. I pomodoro’d my butt off. I was writing what I wanted to write and I had the house to my self. What I didn’t have was the map. I should’ve had the map. I can TOTALLY see how you could get to 10,000 acceptable words in a day. Sure there’ll be some tidy-up, but when you’re primed to do it, it can be done.

  6. Reblogged this on ontheshelves and commented:
    I’ve had The Thesis Whisperer on my blog reader for some time and there always something interesting and helpful to peruse. Seeing this post made me do a double take and I was curious to see this methodology in practice.

    Written by Dr. Inger Mewburn, (the Director of Research at Australian National University), the blog offers plenty advice on thesis/dissertation writing. Makes you feel a little less insane when someone can commiserate with your experience and even better, when they can put the whole thing into words.

    I’m going to set aside time this weekend to see how far I get, but let’s hope it more than 20 words….heh

  7. Thanks so much for this, I agree it’s entirely possible and the steps you’re suggesting are clever and I can attest that I’ve followed a few of them before, and they’re pretty much the only thing that works for me. I also loved what thesecondplanb (above) said. Perfectionist ideas throughout the writing stage is so defeating. And it’s so far from the right moment. If I think about my worst writing practice, it’d have to be laboring over veracity in a text that hasn’t even been written. It’s such a lovely feeling to sit down for two hours and write 2000 words, even knowing that they need work and structure, it’s 2000 words that didn’t exist a couple of hours ago.

    I admit I took a deep breath when I came to the comments for this because I’ve really struggled through reading a lot of the heavily negative, defeating rhetoric in the comments on the site of late. When I recommend PhD candidates read the The Thesis Whisperer (as I do), I do it because it’s so often succinct, useful at different stages of their research, and it gets them thinking about their communities of practice. I do, however, warn them about the taking stock in a lot of the comments, mostly because there were about five articles in a row that were brilliantly written, positively framed and the response was a spiral into depression, inevitable unemployment and futility, and sadly a lot of that was advice from tenured academics who were warding off new blood – which I have to say I always wonder about. When I’m giving this advice to either avoid or filter the comments, I use a few examples, like the very senior academic at a major institution who was happy to blame the ‘university’ (like that’s not him) by encouraging students to enroll in PhDs, or the person who assumes that every discipline/experience/stage of career/knowledge base/skill level/geographic location operates exactly the same, or the group that assumed that getting a PhD was a job . Mostly I warn them about anyone who starts the comment with ‘Once upon a time’ like the past wasn’t a monocultural exclusive space, but instead had opportunities aplenty even if you were a terrible academic. Cos even when it is occasionally true, it’s not something to encourage, surely. I should point out all of my PhD candidates are, like me, Aboriginal, and it’s good not to revisit a past that excluded us.

    Hey none of that is here… it’s interesting to see that there are so many positive comments here that grow the discussion and in fact some of them are downright joyous, in contrast to buying into defeatist ideas about research and university work.

  8. One of your best posts ever. The idea of the thesis map is useful in so many ways and it’s going to be a very useful tool for many of us at all stages of writing our PhD thesis.

  9. I had writing block for ages and asked for ideas from a professor who is a prolific writer. His approach was very simple, and reflects your advice also. From total word count needed, he worked out how many words per section, then idea, data, summary per section, then each of these into paragraphs (word count per section/para also). Start noting what is needed briefly in each section/para, then start writing. It was almost devoid of emotion, just a very technical method. It does work🙂

    I tend to agonize over each sentence but keeping to this regime, just writing each section, moving on when words are not flowing in one section to another, helps not only with writing but de-stressing… Couldn’t find the perfect words? Didn’t finish that tricky part? Not an issue, you have written up or added to another section, and that helps in feeling that you have accomplished something. I’ve written a draft chapter for an edited book in two days, journal articles in a week. Just one thing, though: I find i do need time between these writing sessions to read and think through ideas. Maintaining a writing session each day is great, but downtime is also important for me.

    • Yes San Fran – that’s exactly what our bootcampers are encouraged to do. We make them break regularly for communal meals and we have yoga sessions and nature walks. I’ll write more about this in a future post.

  10. Growing up, I thought this was the norm. What we do in our undergrads is usually waste our time and then write our entire thesises (usually of dubious quality) in less than a week – that-s 10k-15k words. Very few people I know, even the more dedicated to their research, wrote it in more than 5 sessions. Mine (15k words) was basically a 3-day binge, and I had to write about 3000 of them twice as I lost my first draft due to a sudden power outage. 2 days were spent on writing and 1 on proofreading, editing and fixing things.
    However, It should be of note that at the time I had been thinking (and I mean thinking every day + reading some 20 books… no notes taken since I didn’t know how to take notes… I just referenced the content and had to open the book and look for it, then open PurdueOWL to see how to reference things) about it for some 3 months before, it was a topic I had gotten really interested in, and the quality was dubious not due to my rush so much as to my being completely new to most concepts in it (I actually spent like 2 chapter explaining the Symbolic Other, not knowing that it’s a developed concept that I could reference… I had just thought it up). The writing itself is pretty good, I think. I also already had my outline and knew what I wanted from it. The downside is that I am so used to this binge-writing style that I find it hard to spread out my work and just write a bit every day, as I probably should be doing in grad school – in the end, I still find it easier to entirely discard my drafts and write 3000 words from scratch. One of the reasons is that I take a while to get into form. And I mean a long while. It usually takes me way more time to write the first 5 words than the following 500, so it just seems like a waste to spend so much time getting into form only to abandon it once it kicks in, even though objectively I know that a strict regime and daily work would be far more efficient, stress-free, and lead to better results.

  11. Having a good map or plan is so important. After being stuck on my thesis for ages (maybe two years…) I started writing and rewriting detailed plans. It really helped me to focus and get the big chunks that I had never written done, and to be able to intelligently revise the bits that I had written but didn’t seem to fit. Not sure if I ever hit 10k a day, but it definitely helped me break through.
    I would have loved (and I think sorely needed) a Thesis Bootcamp back in the day when I was struggling to finish.

  12. I think this is a great idea and I was inspired to write my own post about it at Literature Review HQ.

    There’s something I didn’t mention in my post which may be important. It was when you said that the quality of the 10,000 could actually pretty good.

    Maybe it’s easier to write 10,000 quality words in one go than it is to write just 1000 words. You have to really know what you want to say before you set out on writing 10,000 words – even if you haven’t done much planning beforehand.

    The same isn’t true for 1,000 words, it’s easy to throw out 1,000 words without really thinking about it.

    I don’t know if any of this is true and it was just a random thought I had, but if anyone has any opinions I’d be happy to hear them.

  13. Great post! I also clicked through and read Rachel’s post that this one refers to – that was well worth the time to read it. It is very inspiring and thought-provoking to read her journey and how it changed not just her writing, but also her *enjoyment* of her writing!

    I’d really be interested to see these principles applied to other work. For example, statistics. I find it hard to move into my intensive and highly effective work mode when I’m staring down the barrel of potentially weeks of analysis. Add to that acquiring new skills and all of a sudden we’re going slow!

    I do find it useful to make specific lists of what I need to achieve so I can see the progress. Other general productivity tips help too, such as turning off the internet, starting with the easiest tasks and making a good structure to work within. I haven’t gotten into prodromos but of course that is a well known strategy. But these things seem to lack the va-voom of her wonderful triangle?🙂

  14. Love your work Inger. As usual.

    My mantra to my students is that you can polish sh*t (as the Mythbusters proved), but you can’t polish air.

    The thesis map is brilliant, whether you’re aiming to knock over 10K in a day or not.

  15. So I would like to know how to write 10 000 words of notes that will be transformed into a text afterwards. Or maybe one needs only 5000 to get to writing 10 000 words? But I would like to know how to do this fast. For me, the planning isn’t the hard part (making the map), but to make the map exact and coloured enough to be useful enough, e.g. filling the map with the details such as citations, tables, etc. Maybe writing my notes really fast I could get it done, like the writing? I mean, one can always research more, when one has a rough draft of the literature notes and data-analysis at hand.

    • Hi, just in relation to this, that is the way I work. From writing up the initial draft (which might be around 5000 words) I can then see the gaps, qualifiers, evidence needed (citations, stats, case study) and filling in these parts then increases the word count. Writing up your notes helps in sorting through the additional material that is needed, and also in framing the argument.

  16. Pingback: Link Round-Up: Critical Reading, Writing, and Resolutions - How To Do A Literature Review

  17. Pingback: Catch Up, 26th January 2015 | Nathan Ryder

  18. One of the best yet! I’ve always loved the map and feared the freefall of writing for the sake of it. It’s not procrastination – just wanting to know where I’m going. Thanks.

  19. I do quite like this article and the whole idea of 10,000 words a day. I am a sort of a researcher who would spend weeks toying with thoughts, frameworks, text and notes and then when I feel confident , I write substantial text at one go : maybe in the span of two days or so. I submitted my first Chapter today to my PhD Guide(Supervisor) and it took me 2 days to write around 11,000 words. Though, I did not write it in a single day, considering the fact that I need to cook at home, clean and other routine stuff, I think I did pretty well.
    It also depends on what kind of writer you are. If you are a person who writes in small bouts then this may be overwhelming, but I am kind of a planner and I quite enjoy the thrill of starting with writing and getting done with it in short span of time.
    No matter you write something in 2 days or 2 weeks, editing is essential, which takes care of quality.
    Amruta Prakash (Twitter : @amruta_prakash

  20. Now, we will get a bit more specific as to what ores the Prospector deals
    with, and what Ingots they can produce from them. Black Onyx semi-precious
    stone is the birthstone for the month of anyone that
    has been born in February. How can a bride incorporate their theme when choosing their
    wedding jewellery. So to make the customers satisfaction, the artists introduces fashion jewelry by replacing
    the precious metal Gold. Added to the lack of developmental aid which results
    from the lack of an infrastructure into which to place it, there
    is some inevitability about the use of other means to bring in money.
    Sterling silver is the kind of silver used for jewellery
    making and dinnerware. Apart from pearl jewellery, we come across various other options as well, like,
    silver ornaments, gold jewellery made from
    both the varieties of gold, yellow as well as white gold.

    The brides in Maharashtra wear dark green Paithni saris, matched with green glass bangles
    and gold bangles, which really look amazing. I would not want any money I spend on diamonds
    to go to the wrong people and there does look like a lot
    of inappropriate dealings with regard to Africa’s
    diamonds. Jewellery functions an important aspect in offering appeal to the style ridiculous viewers.

  21. Hence, it is a challenging task for the designer to expose the inimitable beauty of every
    opal, and maintaining the integrity of its
    own pattern, design and style. The more clear and pure a diamond and more is its cost.

    So, no matter if it is any occasion, go for diamond jewelry and let her know how much you love and value her.
    There are lots of traditions which claim that wearing of
    silver ornaments is good for one’s health. It
    is because of this that Swarovski jewellery is so popular and also makes them a popular choice for
    bridesmaid’s accessories at a wedding as they can be perfectly matched with the wedding colour scheme.

    Choosing the best style is not always an easy decision.
    Lower prices imply that you can buy more jewellery in the same budget.
    You dont need to go for shopping to the malls and jewellery
    shops. Despite the doom and gloom of the recession, credit crunch and harsh economic climate our desire for beautiful things has endured.
    Jewellery functions an important aspect in offering appeal to the style ridiculous viewers.

  22. Because of the invention of clip on earrings, traditional pierced
    earrings started to fade out of the picture.
    Jewellery is something its worn with different types of outfits.
    To start selling you would need to register, set up a shop,
    list your items, and promote your work. No matter what item of wedding jewellery
    you are buying, making the right purchase will be the key to completing your wedding outfit.
    In wake of the financial meltdown, small scale gems & jewellery units
    are consolidating their manufacturing units, and are also
    realigning their marketing and distribution strategies.
    If in doubt about any piece of jewellery, then ask your jeweller about
    the best way to clean and care for it. Of course, you will
    be confused with your thoughts and the items you see in the shop.
    One is the larger stones that you will find have been cut and polished and cut
    into many shapes like rounds, rectangles, cubes, oval, teardrop,
    and rice and twisted. Quartz is very famous among
    many jewellery wearers. A Diamond is a girl’s best friends – this isprobably one of the oldest sayings on Earth.

  23. I love the idea of the boot camp – and totally understand the lego block reward system. For me, a freshly written text itself is a reward already, because it makes me feel that I have “properly” worked, that I have actually produced something. And as you say: It doesn’t have to be a well-written, perfectly polished text. Instead (at least for me), the point is to create a starting basis, a basic text corpus that can then, step by step, be enlarged and polished. Because it is always easier to motivate yourself to work on something that is already there than to start from an empty white sheet of paper.

  24. I’ve been a full-time freelance ghostwriter for over seven years. 10,000 words in a day is typical for me. In fact, I can often write 20,000 words in a 10 hour session.

    It’s true – you really just have to know what you’re going to write. Over time – as a ghostwriter – I get asked to write on the same subjects. For example, health/fitness or business self-help or online marketing…etc.

    Because I’m so familiar with the subjects, I’m literally able to go on auto-pilot and just write. I could be thinking about a million other things while I’m writing.

    However, when I do personal work such as writing a feature-length shooting script or a novella, I’m able to do the same. I just make sure I put in all the work and research constructing a detailed outline so that, when it comes time to actually write, I don’t need to stop and ask myself what I’m doing.

  25. I did the second (I think) bootcamp at Unimelb back in 2012. I got 3 blocks, didn’t quite make the gold. I think this is what worked for me:

    1. I had a 4 month old baby and two other children, the total isolation from anything to do with family and protected time for writing meant I was very focussed.
    2. The more I wrote the better I came to know my project, the better I could see how the chapters and sections hung together and responded to each other and therefore the better I could write.
    3. The quality of my writing improved as I got more deeply into the language and style that my thesis required, the right ‘kind’ of words flowed much more easily.
    4. Having a map to work from meant that if I got stuck on one area I could just move to another for a stretch and come back to it later.
    5. No excuses to run off and make food etc since it was all provided.
    6. Terrible internet connection so very little chance at distraction.

    I’ve actually moved to the UK and taken quite a long break but if it wasn’t for those words that I got down I don’t think I would have come back to my thesis now – currently editing with a final deadline of October.

  26. Any good references or ideas for making a “thesis map”? I’d like to give this a try. I think this could be a great tool for article generation as well. Thoughts?

  27. Pingback: Day One… | Open Books/Open Minds…

  28. Marsalese is the managing member of The Marsalese Law Group,
    PLLC, in Southfield, Michigan. Technology and human expertise
    are equally vital to be sure all that. Broker companies and international freight forwarders are generally considered one of the most employers of professional customs brokers.

  29. Pingback: How to write 10,000 words a day | Academia &amp...

  30. Pfft, I wrote 90’000wrds while reading this post and illustrating a graphic novel with my right hand (I’m left handed). Well, a fun read but enough procrastinating – back to writing.

    • thanks to you whisperer, i just sat down and drew up a kind of weirdly colourful map thing
      that neatly included all the papers already published/submitted/half written/may as well be written/in my imagination or on the floor (for thesis by publication)
      just after having (in my humble opinion) perfected this, i was delighted to receive email about postgrad researchy get-together/show-off fest highly suited to bandying about this type of dashed together cross between poster and presentation
      ha ha
      I will now celebrate and congratulate myself with something sugary and hot
      gracias

  31. I am not sure about PHD pupil but when it comes to Masters level then one could easily write between 3000-5000 words without any obstacles. Surely one might question about the quality and relevancy of the writing but you must also remember that there are different ways of writing a Thesis. Some opt for theoretical and others empirical or mixed. Once you have the structure and outline set for your work then doing research and writing makes it quite easier. In fact I wrote my Proposal in 2 days. It was around 3000 words and one must remember that Proposal is one of the most challenging aspect of setting an example of how your thesis is going to be like. However when it comes to empirical there can be sometimes hindrances due to interviews, surveys and testing. I have witnessed most students during their Masters completed their Thesis (20000 words) within 2 weeks and they were extremely of good standard. When it comes to Theoretical then the only problem is you have to read a lot but should not take more than 10 days if you are planning to write around 20000 words.

  32. I have 2 questions for MBA thesis :

    1/ Between 16000-18000 words.
    2/ Between 60-70 Pages

    Can it be written within 2 weeks ?

    In terms of Presentation :

    1/ What do we include in the PowerPoint ? A short summary of the Thesis ?

  33. Can someone explain me the advantages and disadvantages of a Basic Research. I am a Masters student and would like to write a Basic Research Thesis on Marketing Strategy of McDonald’s.
    One other question – Would a non-empirical research be considered as a Basic Research ?

    • ‘Basic research’ is a term often used to describe empirical research in the sciences that does not have a clear applied outcome. ie: research to improve understanding of a natural process or product. It does not have a stable meaning however, so I suggest you clarify with your research method with your supervisor.

  34. Hello Thesis Whisperer,
    Would it be possible to make a PESTEL and SWOT analysis when writing a theoretical thesis ?

    my topic is on procurement, i have chosen tesco and it is based on secondary research.

    thanks and hoping to get a quick reply.

  35. Pingback: Ask Away! How do I start writing my literature review?

  36. Pingback: !Now shut up and write

  37. Pingback: Writing without Reservations | Business Casual

  38. Pingback: Four ways for academics to write more productively | Dr Jenn Cumming

  39. i’m on an MBA program presently and I have a 3,500 word assignment to turn in tomorrow. I know it looks small compared to the 10,000 word thing, but I literally don’t know where to begin.

  40. Pingback: How To Write A Thesis In Your Own Words | Bastarwar

  41. Pingback: Writing retreats | The Lab and Field

  42. Pingback: How To Write A 10000 Word Dissertation | Vastarwar

  43. Pingback: Better than Donald – how to argue like a pro | The Thesis Whisperer

  44. Pingback: How to be a cognitive miser (in a good way) | The Thesis Whisperer

  45. Pingback: Plantae | How to write 10,000 words a day

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s