Find (or refine) your topic

Alright… You’ve probably just managed to put together a thesis proposal (if you are using this for your MSc thesis), or defended your Research Master thesis (if you’re using this to guide you through the first stages of writing a paper for your PhD). Whatever you’re working on, though, chance is that your core research idea - the raison d’être of this whole project - isn’t clear enough yet. Or, in any case, your advisor may think it isn’t clear enough yet.

So how do you make your research idea better?