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Necessary pauses

The analogy I have used throughout this guide, of writing being akin to a downhill ski slope, includes the suggestion that you will sometimes need to stop for a short while so as to get your bearings. It is on that part of the ski run that I want to concentrate now, so that you can recognise, and make the most of, the pauses which are a necessary part of writing a dissertation or report.

Finding the time to write

You will face a potential barrage of interruptions and distractions if you write at a time and in a place which is not conducive to a peaceful writing session. Added to this, you also need to consider the best time of day for you ...

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