The second distinction that’s important is about the expectation versus the reality of what constitutes writing.
Many graduate students I’ve worked with imagine that writing means producing perfect prose on the first draft.
For most dissertation writers, the inability to develop and maintain a daily writing practice is due to one of three things: 1) technical errors, 2) psychological obstacles or 3) external realities.
While I’ve written about those in detail elsewhere, let me provide a quick dissertation-specific overview so that you can diagnose why you’re not writing and then design a quick and effective work-around.
In fact, it literally means with 30 minutes a day, boo.
When you’ve got that locked down, work your way up to longer periods of writing.
For that reason, I strongly encourage you to consider what type of writing support you can create for yourself this year. Dissertation writers use many different types of support structures to overcome resistance: write on-sites, writing buddies, accountability groups, dissertation boot camp, Facebook groups, writing retreats and 14-day writing challenges, to name just a few. What exactly kept you from the single most important activity that will allow you to complete the dissertation, finish your degree and move on with your professional life?
What happened (be as specific as possible) when you sat down to write?
I have observed students spend 30 minutes writing, revising, deleting and rewriting a single sentence.
If that’s how you are spending your daily writing time, I understand why you might conclude that it doesn’t work.