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The thesis writing process

As a researcher, you are expected to develop academic writing expertise alongside and within the production of a sound project. Writing the thesis is therefore a significant part of the research journey, which takes place simultaneously with all the other activities such as reading, planning, collecting, analysing and interpreting data.

Writing the thesis is a process of refining your thinking and your writing as you carefully draft and redraft the work. Plan in advance to appreciate the form that your thesis will take and to guide you along the process. This will be easier if you define your purpose early. This section gives some good ideas about how to get started and keep motivated in your writing, write with your audience in mind, and deal with writer's block. It offers tips like how to benefit from keeping a research journal and even the value of thinking laterally.

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