The Short Guide To Writing a Thesis Fast



Writing is not easy. Even professional writers find it difficult at times!

But it is also a crucial factor in the success of your PhD.

The short guide to writing a thesis fast contains all the basic principles I used to write my thesis fast and enjoy the process while I did it.


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  1. Theodore says

    Hi James

    Would love to have the article. However when entering my e-mail it says that I am already subscribed and it is also not in my spam folder.


    • Hamimah says

      Hello James,
      I’m having the same problem as the person in the previous comment. I have long subscribed to your emailing list. I would like to have the ebook above. When I click go, I received the error message that I’m already a subscriber, hence I do not get the e-book.

  2. Asli says

    As a PhD student aiming to finish this year, your blog and guideline really inspired and motivated me. I am recommending it to all my fellow colleagues.

    Thank you very much for your time and encouragement!

    Looking forward to read your book!

  3. Romeeza says

    I confirmed the subscription yesterday but didn’t get an e-mail (spam folder is empty too). Could you please send me an e-mail?
    Thank you!

  4. Sarah says

    Hi James, I’ve been subscribed to your site for a while now, and would like another copy of the short guide to writing fast as it has been a while since I read it. How can I get another copy please?

  5. Anne says

    Hi there, I just subscribed to your newsletter and clicked on the link in the email (which worked just fine), but haven’t received my copy of the guidebook as of yet. I checked my spam folder, too – nothing. Please be so kind as to send me a copy to my email address :)

  6. Nazz says

    I’m writing my phd thesis and need your tips! I only have 3 months since i use lots of my time in analysing the data, and of course procrastination!

  7. Mumtaz Ali Memon says

    Dr James,

    First of all, thank you very much for a great effort. You are really doing a great job. Besides, may I have a free copy of “The Short Guide To Writing a Thesis Fast”. I m sure it will help to complete my PhD on time.

    Thank a lot once again.

    Mumtaz, Malaysia

  8. James Hayton says

    When you subscribe, you will recieve an email asking you to confirm your subscription. Once you have done this, you’ll get a confirmation email with a link to download. Please take a minute or two to check your spam folder if you don’t see this email, before leaving a comment saying you haven’t got it!

    I will also add a link to the guide in every blog update email from now on.

  9. ND says


    I somehow didn’t get my copy as a subscriber to your blog/newsletter. I’m getting your newsletters though. Maybe something went wrong? Could you check this?

    I enjoy reading your blog!

    • James Hayton says

      Can you check your spam folder? YOu should have received a confirmation email when you subscribed, but I will add a link to the footer of all future emails.

  10. Loli says

    Hi. I am subscribed to your website. But, I have not received any link for this e-book yet! Could you kindly send me a link.

  11. Carolyn says

    Would love a copy, please! I am stuck in the muck of a close to 100-page master’s thesis that is going in circles! Thanks.

  12. Maheswar Satpathy says

    Hi James, I am subscribed to your website. But, I have not received any link for this e-book yet! Could you kindly send me a link for this too…

  13. Miha says


    I would kindly ask for a copy of The Short Guide To Writing a Thesis Fast.
    The viedos are very inspirational and helpful.


  14. JD says

    Hi James,

    I strongly recommend that you write a book on these matters if you have not done so already.
    Your posts are well structured and most importantly, they do work when put into practice.

    Many thanks,

    • James Hayton says

      It is in the pipeline. This guide, and the painless PhD course, are a way of testing the content on a small scale first. Thanks for the encouragement!

  15. nisot says

    I reckon 3 months is the standard time for writing a thesis. after all you have years to complete the actual PhD. As long as you follow a stuctured programme. 3 months of full time write up is plemty!

  16. Daniel Lang says

    I just wanted to thank you for your effort! Your website and the clips on youtube are so helpful… I’m really a lot more relaxed now. So you have helped make me (and I’m sure that there are a lot of people that could say that) a happier person and for that you shall gain the promise of certain entrance to paradise after you have left this world!

  17. Brian says

    Hi. I am doing a PhD on a part-time basis. I give it one day a week.

    Do you have advice on how to structure it part-time?

    • jameshayton says

      Hi Jonna,

      Short answer is yes, but you can unsubscribe as soon as you’ve downloaded it if you want, and your email is gone from the list forever, no problem and no questions asked.

      Your email is never shared with anyone, and joining the list comes with a zero spam guarantee. One email per week with the latest post and a short intro with any other info.

      It’s just a more reliable way of sharing information directly with people who are interested than through Facebook or Twitter

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