Finding a good topic/research question to work on takes time and patience. While you’re in the process, take note of the following suggestions:

  • start writing ideas down soon; you can rewrite your work later
  • have a working title
    • and revise it at least 10 times
    • play with words, seek inspiration in the literature
  • realize that your ideas will continue to change
    • even after data collection… and that’s good!
    • don’t get married to your topic instantly, allow some time so that you can really get to know each other first
  • find your focus (narrow down your idea)
  • start thinking about processes and issues instead of topics (!)