So I have enough material to graduate, and I'm working on my thesis. I have some questions concerning the thesis writing. I've noticed a lot of other thesis have large sections, if not whole chapters copied from their publications. Is this allowed? My advisor is a nice guy, but a totally incompetent mentor. The only piece of advice he has given me regarding thesis writing is "try to be clear". Oh, that helps. And here I am spending all my time trying to be incoherent. When it comes to technical writing, it takes a lot of time for me to figure out how to write down complicated ideas with simple sentences. I remember my mom gave me a good procedure for writing 1) Tell me what you want to say. 2) Now write it down just like you said it. This worked well for English class. This technique doesn't work for detailed thesis writing. Does anyone have some procedure for tech writing?