Motivation and emotion/Assessment/Chapter/Word count
If you are having difficulties complying with the word count guidelines, some general suggestions/options in this situation are:
- Reduce the amount of introductory material (e.g., summarise and provide links to more dedicated resources such as other book chapters and/or Wikipedia pages) so that the chapter concentrates on the main topic (i.e., directly answers the question in the sub-title)
- Reduce the breadth of coverage (e.g., focus on the top 2 or 3 theories)
- Reduce the depth of coverage (e.g., avoid overly indepth coverage of specific topics)
- Remove weasel words - a lot of sentences can be shortened and improved.
- Be more selective about the citations and references (i.e., only include the top/best ones)
- Renegotiate the topic so that it is more specific (i.e., less territory to cover)
- Put some content into subpages (which don’t count in the overall word count, but also doesn’t count for marking purposes)
Remember, it is possible to write a top-quality chapter within the word count limit - see examples from previous years. Almost always, chapters can be significantly improved in the process of reducing the word count.
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- 16 tips on how to reduce word counts and write concisely (inpressionedit.com)
- How to kill a word (slideshare.net)
- How to weed out weasel words for stronger writing (writingcooperative.com)