First of all, I hope my new blog theme is pleasant to your eyes. I changed to this new theme because I’m a blue-color person and I hope you like blue too. Hehe! It’s also because I had some problem with the widgets in the old theme. Anyway, I hope this new theme is refreshing both to you for reading and to myself to further motivate me to write more.
I read another tip recently about setting a writing target. By saying I want to finish writing a chapter in one month seems to be rather far fetched sometimes. It can be further broken down in saying, I want to write 5 pages in a week or 1 page per day, assuming 20-25 pages in a chapter. Now this seems more doable, right? But why am I still not writing?
I’m sure this happens to all who are in this dissertation journey: fear of a blank page. Apparently, I have a lot in my mind but to start writing on a blank page quite scares me. In my mind, I start to worry and wonder how am I going to write a full page full of words. Ben’s latest post shares my sentiments and he has great advice to help this writing problem.
Here’s Ben’s advice: let’s break it down further. Let’s start with a word. What I want to say about this word? I’m sure I can write a simple sentence to use this word. Sound like going back to school, learning English, right? Haha! With that sentence, do I have more to say? Of course, I do. Let’s think of another word and make another sentence. I’m sure I can do it. After all, a word is what I thought of when I started this post. And now I have more than 300 words. Hehe!
Another method that prompts me to write is making a mind map or chart or diagram or table. I have this great idea of how I want to talk about the different learning environments in higher education, which I went ahead to make a diagram of it, trying to situate the different environments in a big picture. Whenever I look at it, I have all kind of ideas to write and I’m sure I can make an interesting story about it (when I have the time to seriously sit down and put on my writing cap). Hehe!
Okay, come back to my writing target, I don’t think writing one page a day is doable for me, as I have to work during the day and my writing mind is not in working condition in the evening. I probably need to set my target to write 5 pages during the weekend every week. Let’s see how I progress.