Thesis And Book

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Most people have an inborn preference about the writing process — either they like writing or they prefer editing.

Most people have an inborn preference about the writing process — either they like writing or they prefer editing.

MIT Press Journals Although first published in Italian in 1977, before Eco (The Name of the Rose) became an internationally renowned novelist, this guide to writing a thesis—originally aimed at Italian humanities undergraduates—brims with practical advice useful for writing research papers....

His advocacy of index card files to organize data seems quaintly nostalgic in the age of laptops and online databases, but it only underscores the importance of applying these more sophisticated tools to achieve the thoroughness of the results that he advocates.

Most books require 60,000 to 80,000 words, and most theses need somewhere between 40,000 and 150,000 words. Do you recognize that finishing a book or a thesis is a marathon, not a sprint? It’s about knowing what to do when you hit a brick wall. Studies have shown that multitasking lowers performance on many levels.

Others delay and procrastinate and wait until the deadline becomes a crisis. But if you aren’t accountable to an outside person, it’s way too easy to let deadlines slip by. "Then it’s not such a big deal if I miss a day or two here or there." Wrong. Because successful writers know that it’s the slow, daily accumulation of words that allows them to meet their long-range goals. If you answered no to any of these questions, you are multi-tasking while you write.

After I more than doubled my own writing speed, people started asking me to coach putting words on paper. How can we keep ourselves at our desks when we really, really, really don’t feel like writing? How do we sustain and motivate ourselves for the many months it’s going to take to complete this project?

People who had procrastinated on books or theses started to hit the 70,000-word mark with no problem. I have a 100,000-word novel in a bottom drawer, a half-scribbled memoir and many awkward short story drafts lying around that I’m “gonna finish one day …”Only Daphne’s Get It Done program could get my butt in that chair long enough to do it. When I start my next project, I’ll sign up for GID before I even begin the mind map. You know, what’s stunning is that simple questions like these bring otherwise intelligent and competent people, like you, to a screeching halt.

Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English. He not only offers practical advice but also considers larger questions about the value of the thesis-writing exercise. It is frequently irreverent, sometimes polemical, and often hilarious.

How to Write a Thesis is unlike any other writing manual. Eco advises students how to avoid “thesis neurosis” and he answers the important question “Must You Read Books?

If you try to do both these jobs at the same time, you're going to make the work a whole lot slower and more painful.

Editing while you write is a hard habit to break (I know, because I did it myself! As soon as I learned to write and edit separately, I more than doubled my own writing speed. Some people like to go looking for divine guidance.


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