A Writer's Guide to Fiction (Writer's Compass) by Elizabeth Lyon

By Elizabeth Lyon

The second one publication within the Writer's Compass sequence from expert writing teacher Elizabeth Lyon deals either aspiring and confirmed authors the basics of writing and promoting a very good novel or brief tale. as well as the fundamentals of characterization, plot, pacing, and topic, A Writer's consultant to Fiction additionally encompasses a plan for revising fiction, a consultant to advertising, samples of canopy and question letters, and strategies of honing the writing craft.

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48 Use a word processor. 49 Set a block of time everyday when you will be undisturbed—to work on your dissertation. It may have to be from 4:00 am to 6:00 am. g. MLA, APA). 51 Get a flat-bed scanner to ease the process. 52 Get your own computer. Don’t share. 53 Become familiar with the required format. 54 Expect constant revision—even of revised text. 55 Write every day and commit yourself to doing something towards completion each day. 56 Find a critical reader who will play devil’s advocate. 57 You can’t over-emphasize the need to save and back up all of your computer records.

Some reviews will focus on your format while others consider the effectiveness of your writing style. After all of these criteria are met, you are almost home free. There are still others who certify that you have paid your tuition for each semester that you have been in the program, and that all library fees and other bureaucratic requirements have been fulfilled. When all of these are satisfied, then your dissertation will be approved, an important element in establishing your eligibility to receive your doctoral degree.

You might wonder why there is this constant evaluation and whittling down of the pool of doctoral students. There are many reasons. From the institution’s perspective, there are limited resources available for working on dissertations. There may be a limited number of faculty who are qualified and desire to work on dissertations with doctoral students. g. Magner, 1999) the mass media periodically inquire about PhDs being a glut on the market. With limited resources, doctoral students need to be assertive about obtaining the assistance essential for completing the degree.

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