Writing is a major component of doctoral work. Considering that your doctoral thesis is likely to be substantially bigger than anything you have previ ously written, you can be excused for feeling daunted by the prospect of stretching your writing skills to reach the word count. But put things in perspective. To reach this stage in your student life you have already demonstrated your competence at writing. Take a moment to reflect on the vast number of assignments and essays you have written as a student in which you communicated ideas in an academic way. As a doctoral candidate, you will have already moved through the first writing hoops with your research proposal and have a clear sense of the various parts of your thesis. In the course of preparing your proposal, you will have written a short first draft of your introduction, a short first draft of your literature review and a description of your methodology. Let’s face it: you are well underway with your thesis writing.
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