If you can read this, then you are too close

Intro is done!

So now I have a problem in that the diss is too long. Haven’t included the conclusion and it is over 91,000 words or with the eight pages of references it is over 94,000. Lucky I didn’t go for the 9 chapter structure, lol… See what my supervisors say (hopefully not, ‘not reading it, too long’ lol… ::cry::). A lot are quotes from magazines for the history work, some chapters would have about 20% of volume from quoted archival sources.

Anyway, pfffft, not enough 400 page dissertations anymore.

2 replies on “If you can read this, then you are too close”

  1. Glen, mine was close to 120,000 words, so yours is looking pretty concise to me.

    Seriously, the 80,000 word limit (is that what it is for you?) is largely a formality recognised more in its flouting than in its enforcement. I would think that your supervisors/examiners should have no problem with a thesis that comes in at 100K. It’s only if you start to go substantially beyond that mark that you might raise eyebrows.

  2. thanks, rob. i am in such a weird headspace at the moment, so your assurance is very welcome.

    I am pretty sure it will come close to 100k. there are some entertaining sections and some pretty intense theory bits, hopefully there are no boring bits.

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