Crafting a solid dissertation - tips for successful writing

The interesting words that we need to discuss in more detail in the title of this article are crafting and solid. You'll often hear people giving lectures on writing skills and talk about the craft of writing. It's a skill, it's a technique you can acquire, and so one part of this article will talk about developing the craft of writing. And the second word is the adjective solid which is used to describe a dissertation you are soon to write. What do we mean by a solid dissertation? We certainly don't mean a flimsy or lightweight one. We need a dissertation which will attract compliments from readers and particularly from any academic who studies your work. It will have depth. It will have been created after you have spent a great deal of time on research, planning and preparation.

What about the craft of writing?

Some people are natural writers. They don't seem to put any effort into what they do and they certainly don't seem to be short of ideas and inspiration for the material they produce. Now you don't have to believe everything you read and certainly the previous sentence should be examined in greater detail. Even the best and most successful writers in the world have to work hard at producing their final product. The craft of writing is not easy. So in order to acquire the skills that makes you a crafts person when it comes to writing, work on the practical things. They include the following.

  • Brainstorming is great for ideas.
  • Reading aloud is great for editing.
  • Choosing topics which are exciting for you is a good move.

Straightaway we have come across three techniques or practical tips you can follow in order to create a craft of writing and to be a successful writer. They don't take much time and they certainly don't cost any money.

Brainstorming and particularly with one or more people is a great technique to develop ideas. If you're looking for a topic in the first place or if you've already got your topic and you want more information and more inspiration, then brainstorming done the right way will give you plenty of detail.

And then we come to editing your work. This is certainly a part of the craft of writing. You've done all the hard work of the research and the writing but now comes the polish. And this is not just a matter of finding spelling and grammatical mistakes but something much more complex and involved. You want to avoid repetition. You want to eliminate clich├ęs. You want to get the tenses right. There is so much to the craft of editing. You should read aloud what you have written. This helps you discover the flow and rhythm of your writing.

And finally it has been proven time and time again that if you choose the right topic, your chances of crafting a solid dissertation improve markedly. You may love this topic and have a passion for it. You may have a desire to study this subject in much more detail during your working life. If that situation or situations like that occur you are much more likely to come up as a successful writer.

What makes a dissertation solid?

We already talked about the importance of planning and preparation. In short this involves creating an outline or a plan and then filling it with lots of relevant detail. And you get relevant detail from studying the right type of research material. Don't waste your time looking at the relevant material. Learn how to take a shorthand version of the important points so that your plan is not cluttered. And then, and only then when you start the writing process are you are able to create a solid dissertation. It is based on your excellent research and note taking.

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