1. Choose a topic you're truly interested in.
2. Your introduction will change as the dissertation progresses, so avoid starting with it.
3. Set up small breaks or rewards for after you've worked for a certain number of hours, and work in a nice environment.
4. If you can, invest in a cheap monitor so you can read your references while writing.
5. Back everything up multiple times.
6. Get someone else to proof read your work.
7. Give yourself time to get it printed and bound.
8. Set up a draft deadline before an event or reward you're looking forward to, as motivation to get it done in time.
9. Know that timetables are your best friend.
10. If your dissertation coincides with exams, start revision early so that you're not having to juggle everything at once.
11. Jot down everything that comes to mind, it could be useful later on.
12. And reference as you go along.
13. Start with an outline so you know what you're aiming to achieve with each section.
14. Set small, realistic writing goals that will add up.
15. Make the most of your supervisor being there.
16. Make use of Google Scholar as a starting point to find journals and books you should add to your reading list.
17. Understand that you can't cover everything, and know when it's done rather than constantly tweaking things.
18. And finally, take some time out for yourself, and look after your mental health.
Note: submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.