There isn’t any correct or wrong way to start writing a dissertation, what is important that you have to start writing for sure. This appears very basic and you may think it is so obvious that there wasn’t any need to mention it also in the first place. However, this very basic requirement may become one of the most challenging requirement to overcome. At a time when you got to start some textual analysis or a literature review, a lot if scholars go through a phase of anxiety, fear or even writer’s block. The usual course of action followed is discussing the initial draft of the research and couple of meetings with the researcher, however still many a times no positive and concrete results may show up. There needs to be that apt solution that is the sure shot right path for scholars to be able to face upfront this challenge of being able to start the process of writing.
So like we discussed in the beginning that there isn’t any correct or wrong way to start writing, but here is a set of few tools that may come handy to you and guide you through well:
First thing is read, read and read as much as you can. The more you read, the stronger is your foundation of your dissertation that you have to write. Reading will help you to learn the skill of separating the good content from the bad content. Reading will help you to understand the nuances of writing and intricacies such as consistency, patterns and flows and how to they help in improvising the quality of any write up.
The second important tool is to create a mind map of the course you have to follow in the writing process. You must know the key areas and the way you would organise them into a mind map so that you have good clarity about which step is to follow after which step. This mind map has to be in a format that is something you understand and it is comfortable to you. You needn’t worry if others follow a similar one or no. you can find various formats online for this but isn’t mandatory to choose any one from there, you can have your own customised and self-designed mind map as long as it helps you to give direction to your research.
The third tool is to write your first index, if you do that successfully , you have successfully cleared the first stage of being able to structure your research and then there isn’t any looking back to it, you would see in a patterned way how writing flows out without getting stuck anywhere.