Writing is hard, but the hardest part of writing is actually the easiest: sitting down to do it.
“We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.” --Aristotle
Do less, write more.
A cluttered desk reflects a cluttered mind.
Don't expect to get any work done on a blank page in an open space.
It takes hours, not weeks or months, to write. A paper, a book, or a dissertation: it makes no difference; hours, not weeks or months. Those who don't understand this ultimately take years.
Do not write so that you can be understood, but so that you cannot be misunderstood
Fortune favors the prepared mind. --Louis Pasteur
To know whom to write for is to know how to write.
"La ciencia desdeña el poseedor avariento."
[Knowledge disdains the miserly owner."]
--Alonso de Cartagena
Don't fake out your reader: unlike the running back, the academic writer wants to be tackled.