Where Do First Drafts Come From?

One of my favorite movies, Finding Forrester, has a great line in it about writing: “You write the first draft with your heart. You write the second draft with your head.” While, in the movie, Forrester is talking about writing novels, this advice applies just as directly to writing the dissertation. You see, so often, ABD’s find it difficult to generate the first draft because they don’t realize they need to write with their hearts. I advise all my clients to write a …