How to write a dissertation: a step-by-step guide
Step 1: Consider your thesis statement
As you know, your dissertation is like an extension to your thesis; it’s the meat and bones describing how you proved (or perhaps disproved) what you proposed in your thesis. So consider your thesis statement when starting your dissertation.
Step 2: Think it over
Start from what you know, to what you think you can prove, to how you think you can prove it, and finally how you will note each element of the process. You will need to have a sound mind during this process. Knowing where you want to go with the project and how you feel you will achieve this, will keep you partially sane throughout the project.
Step 3: Create an outline
While you are spending time thinking about all the details, it’s a good time to draw up your outline. This will solidify your concepts and give you a guide as to what will need to come next. Remember that a dissertation is a formal work presented to more academic minds, so the outline will also help you keep a structured format to your paper.