This chapter argues that the thesis is an argument and that DRs need to understand that the thesis presents an argument in managed stages. It offers three different strategies - arguer questions, tiny texts and sentence skeletons - that will help one to argue well through and beyond the thesis. While DRs know they have to write a thesis, many tend to write around their argument. They write long slabs of text in the hope that something pithy will emerge. Speedwriting, freewriting, pomodoros and writing without a parachute are strategies to get you going. Writing abstracts is a useful strategy for clarifying the contribution of one's research and finding a place in the scholarly conversation in their field. In a good abstract, the writer speaks with authority, not simply describing or reporting what they've done, but delineating their case and specifying their particular point of view.