So I have this new writing strategy, where my husband helps be get my thesis written. Each weekend we will sit down together and he will read what I have written the previous week and then we will plan what I am to write the next week. Small steps, as he says! It will bring me there faster that getting overwhelmed by too large steps.
It has worked so far and I now have a draft for an introduction. This is one of my favorite chapters and also I believe one of the most important chapters of any written work. It is like that vital first impression you give at a job interview. You introduction must be like a good solid handshake. Don’t present a limp, dead fish but don’t crush their bones either. (Do have a look at Oatmeal’s other crap handshakes though).
The book “Writing the winning thesis or dissertation: a step-by-step guide” (Glatthorn & Joyner: 2005) has been great help on how to structure my introduction (chapter 16; page 163). It suggests the following sections:
- Introduction to the chapter
- Background of the study
- Problem statement
- The professional significance of the study
- An overview of methodology
- The delimitations of the study
- Definition of key terms