Storytelling in Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis or Dissertation – Really now?

This is how the story begins: Once upon a time there was a studio that had a dream… Admit it. This beginning makes you curious… No wonder, we all know and love fairy tales. And already we are with the first ingredient for your story. You catch the reader with the first sentence. It’s like an aperitif to whet the appetite for more. However, it must not be as expensive as an aperitif. Sentences with complicated and long statements are expensive. Because they gnaw at the precious and scarce patience of the readers…

A good story has three Elements:

  • Storyline
  • Red Thread
  • Clear Speech

What is the story in your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis?

A woman seeks success on Broadway. And has more success than all before her… A man wants to regain his freedom. He wins it and even more, namely the love of his life. A child wants to show it to the mobbers in his class…

Such storylines build up suspense and animate to read on. What is the storyline in your work? Quite simple: a really interesting question at the beginning and the prospect of a concrete answer at the end. This awakens anticipation and excitement in a reader with an interest in the subject.

But your key question can do much more. It is the sun in your story. Everything revolves around it. It radiates on the whole text. All words of your question can be found in the text. They illuminate it, just as suns do. And the rays always guide the reader’s gaze back to the central star… Everything revolves around them.

A good story of course also has little stories in the big story. So does your story. These are the detailed questions. They direct the eye to individual strands in your story and make them more interesting. The readers are simply curious.

How does a red thread get into your story?

Through the headlines. Your red thread is the sequence of your chapters. Their headings describe the parts of the story, like a kind of short story. The words of the leading question and the detailed questions can be found everywhere in it.

The storyline is your message, your insights at the end of the work. You finally answer your question in a compelling way that tolerates no doubt. Everything fits together. It just had to come that way. Your insights and answers had to be like this.

How do you captivate in your work with a clear language?

Writing a text clearly is an art. Art comes from ability… And ability can be trained. Here are a few rules for clear writing, for the benefit of your story:

  • Better write shorter sentences than long ones. This can easily be seen from the number of commas.
  • Beware of the subjunctive. Almost never is the subjunctive justified. Almost always the indicative is enough. You always have to look 3 times. The reader too, by the way. That tires… And is no fun.
  • Avoid nouns and too many foreign words.
  • Scratch filler words as known, already, especially, merely, thereby etc.
  • Loop at the end and let loop, from lecturers.

With these tips you will also captivate your supervisor with your story, uh work. And you have much less work with your work.

We wish you every success writing your story.

Silvio und das Team Aristolo

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