Professor Alexei Nikolaevich Maksimenkov (1906–1968) in his excellent book Lectures on Research Technique (1972) gives wise advice: take breaks between writing the dissertation chapters, but write each individual chapter in a single spirit, while the contents of the already written parts are fresh. in mind. This excellent rule should be interpreted broadly: the whole dissertation (the first version of it) should be written as quickly as possible. Of course, you will need a large “power”, but the total amount of effort will be significantly reduced. There are two reasons for this: A person surprisingly quickly forgets even what he himself wrote, as a result there are repetitions and contradictions in the data and their interpretation.
Man subconsciously seeks to escape from the intellectual and emotional stress associated with writing. Having postponed work on the thesis, you every day feel an increasing desire to forget about it forever. Bitter is better to swallow quickly. The time limit is difficult to determine, but in two months you have to cope with the “first option” of your candidate thesis. There have been cases when it was done in two weeks or a month. So, eight weeks is probably a reasonable time, provided that the author at that time will go “in presence” no more than once a week and will not be overly burdened with household chores. Here is a blank piece of paper or a computer monitor on which you must fully and clearly state some facts and explain their meaning.
For a novice author, this is an almost impossible task. From the experience of his first publications, he already knows what a “clean slate stress” is. The main problem for him is not the search for successful expressions (although it is difficult), but in the sequence of presentation. It is incredibly difficult to say everything, without missing anything and without repeating anywhere (“the truth, only the truth and nothing but the truth”). The author responds to this situation with one of two possible reactions. The more common one is the inability to start, a stupor. Another option the abundance of words, throwing from one object to another and gradually increasing the feeling of chaos. You intuitively feel that there is a certain system of presentation, which will allow you sensibly and simply to tell about the subject. You manage to find its individual elements, but the whole system eludes your mind’s eye. Synthetic method.
The first way to get out of this situation is as follows. After long painful attempts to determine the optimal order of presentation, the author, driven by the deadline for the dissertation, leaves these attempts and presents the material in fragments, starting with what is easier to describe. Fragments, better in print, he lays out on a wide flat surface (in other words, on the floor) and, looking at the content of each, provides him with a short title (in one or two words). Then he glances over these working headings and soon notices that there is some proximity between the contents of two or three fragments, and places them nearby.