Three Fallacious Beliefs about (Thesis) Writing
Writing is the last phase of the thesis process.
FALSE! Writing begins before you type a single word. Writing is a tool for thinking. Start writing already when you start planning your topic. Your final thesis won’t include everything you’ve written during the process, but you never write in vain: something you wrote earlier can turn out to be of great help at a later point, when you feel totally jammed.
Writing is an inherent gift and can’t be learned.
FALSE! Writing is a skill which can be practiced throughout a human life.
You don’t need creativity in writing a thesis.
FALSE! Even though writing is a learnable skill, it always includes a creative process. A computer can generate a logical text, but only humans have the ability to make wise. A thesis doesn’t need to be dull and impersonal: it can also be pleasant to read.
The HAMK library offers help in thesis writing. Here are a couple of examples of thesis writing guides in the Finnish context:
Hakala, Juha et al.: Creative thesis writing. A guide to development and research work. 2000. Helsinki: Gaudeamus.
Kananen, Jorma: Rafting through the thesis process : step by step guide to thesis research. 2011. Jyväskylä: JAMK University of Applied Sciences.
You can also take a look at these examples: Making sense: a student’s guide to research and writing : engineering and the technical sciences, Academic writing: a handbook for international students, and Scientific Writing : A Reader And Writer’s Guide.
Always make sure that your thesis follows the guidelines given by your supervisor.
Project Manager, HAMK UAS Library and Information Services