This is a common problem for many doctoral students who have a perfectionist mentality regarding the dissertation. They are afraid of failing in the quality of their research, so they become paralyzed when it comes to their writing. Since they are hoping for perfection, they believe nothing they write is good enough.

This means that they will not submit their work for critique, but will write endless drafts, and potentially not even turn them in. Many people have this attitude of “why bother if it’s not good enough.” It is important to begin to write, even if you are afraid of failing. This will allow you to get your creative juices to flow so that you have more to work with while completing your dissertation.