A first draft is a research plan, not a masterpiece. It should have a direction and scope but also leave for flexibility.
The first draft of the thesis can be short in detail and length. The intention is to get your ideas down on paper in an organized manner to see if they make sense or need to be revised.
The Key Points of Writing the First Draft:
- Break the whole down into its parts — this could be chapters or sections.
- Be prepared to write several drafts before you are satisfied with the final document.
- Be ready to make some areas more detailed than others.
- Consider evidence to support arguments and how they will be presented within the document as you develop it as your thoughts become more apparent on what you want to say.
- Remember that an essential part of researching is reading and digesting information, so don’t feel pressured into producing large amounts of text at this stage.
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