Last week I took the first major step in starting to write my thesis by creating a draft of my thesis proposal. The most difficult thing I encountered in writing this draft was trying to put into words what I’ve conceptualized in my head throughout the semester. I know what I want to do with my project, but I must be able to effectively communicate my vision to my reader. Luckily, drafts are small (or large) steps in that direction, but I know I need major improvement. I think one of the things that will undoubtedly change in my later draft will be how clearly I articulate my argument, the section of my draft that I thought was probably the weakest.
Everybody has different processes in writing drafts. Mine has always been a bit chaotic. My drafts usually represent my train of thought and usually there are paragraphs that don’t connect well with each other. Once I get feedback I’m going to sit down with a red pen, consider the suggestions of my reviewers, and whip my proposal into better shape.