Doing the PhD

a PORT for Modern Languages tutorial

5 The writing process

5.5 Writing blocks

If you make sure you write all the way through your research process, even though the major part of this material will be experimental and exploratory in nature, you should find that when it comes to the major milestones such as chapters or indeed the whole thesis, you won’t experience a writing block. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer one, tell your supervisor and don’t wait for it to cripple you before you do so: it doesn’t have to be a big problem at all, and if you acknowledge it and get some help, it never will be a big problem. Writer’s blocks tend to inflict themselves on people with extremely (even deludedly) high standards who refuse to seek help. Let that be a warning!