- Pick the Topic-in your field of study
- Schedule Advisor Appointments
- Research and Interviews
- Take Care of Yourself
- Hire Help
Ask your friends or faculty advisor for suggestions if you need to hire a writing coach, research assistant, or copy editor. You want a person who is efficient and won’t give you more work than you all ready have. Bring in the professionals at any point where you see that you need help. If you only use the professionals for parts of the process, you will see the cost is minimal. I always recommend hiring them for the last edits, since your worn out eyes may miss errors at that point.
There will be many sub-fields. Closely explore and look at the categories, which most interest you. The perfect topic is one that is relative, one that you are passionate about, one, which can display your knowledge of the field, and one that will have adequate research and support. The wrong topic can sabotage the entire project. Additionally, do you really want to spend a year with a topic that bores you?
You can schedule your faculty advisor appointments up front. At first, you will want to go in frequently, and then once you move along you can go to see your faculty advisor less and less. Then as you get close to finishing, the frequency of appointments will yet again increase. You should always be able to get in to see him or her if an emergency arises.
It is my recommendation that you build the research before you write, but after you outline the paper. Then you can see what your needs might be. Once you begin to outline, you can then go back out and gather more information for any weak areas. I also suggest that you get in your interviews early in the process. Always do more interviews than you really need to cover your bases. It is annoying and stops the flow of writing if you have to cease and go gather more information. The sources need to come from a variety of places in many forms such as surveys, interviews, case studies, industry journals, and such.
This feat encompasses your life for a year. You must eat right and exercise regularly to keep your body and mind at optimum levels. When you get stumped, go for a quick walk or a bike ride. The exercise will help you stay healthy and stimulate your brain. If you do get ill, seek help immediately so you can get back on your feet quickly. Also remember to schedule some breaks that take you away from your work for a rest. Two to three day rests will bring you back more invigorated.