Reflections on the Draft Thesis Proposal

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.

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2 thoughts on “Reflections on the Draft Thesis Proposal”

  1. I think that you’re outlining something that most of us struggled with. Putting the thoughts down was a challenge in and of itself, but the segmented format struck me as difficult as well. Did you find that the individual sections were conducive or more troublesome to your ‘train of thought’ writing?

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  2. Mason mentions the problem of dealing with such clearly defined “segments” as the flow of the proposal. And you mention “train of though” writing in your drafts. I’m hoping that by addressing the specific components of a proposal you all rein in stream of consciousness writing about the project.

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