Thoughts on Endurance
For about 6 weeks I was anxious about starting the written portion of my thesis journey. The thesis process at the Savannah College of Art and Design for Graphic Design and Visual Experience is broken down in 3 parts. These 3 parts (research/discovery, written, and visual) make up one full year of your degree and prior to that you create a brief thesis proposal for your MFA Candidacy Review.
Needless to say by the time I had to buckle down and do the writing I had 25 weeks worth of research. I was overwhelmed by the information overload and had no idea where to start. I am still overwhelmed but the love I have for my topic provides me with the endurance a thesis requires. This is key, if you are beginning your journey choose a topic that will pull you through when motivation is dwindling. This is a marathon, not a sprint so you will need a supportive committee, a topic that gets you out of bed and the discipline to sit on a chair for hours to get all your thoughts out of your head and on paper.
Limit the hours you spend on reading about writing. Doing the writing is all it takes for the dark alleys to light up and to start seeing the fruits of your research. The best way to start is to pour everything you know about your topic on paper. Do not edit your thoughts, let them flow and trust the process.