Blargh--academic post, nothing to see here - 1370°C
Oct. 31st, 2006
09:54 pm - Blargh--academic post, nothing to see here
Yesterday, i got down 10 good pages of work on an essay that should be around 18-20. To be sure, i had 8 pages written to start with, but i cut a bunch of things and reworked others, so i considered it a success.
Today, i'm bogged down in a digression about birds and bestiaries that i know is crucial to my argument, is dead interesting, but could probably be summed up in a few sentences, rather than a page and a half. I'm taking the tactic of just writing and writing 'till i can't say anymore, and re-arranging the pieces later. I hope it works, and yet i worry that i'll just have to cut all of this neat stuff i've been researching and enjoy writing about. As happens with me in the middle of nearly every essay, i wonder where the hell i'm going and if it's even remotely 'obvious yet surprising' from where i've been. I should just get it all out as best i can, print it, and then edit the hard copy. I can't seem to see anything that's wrong with my writing until i have a proper print of it in my hand.
Total progress this evening: 1.5 pages. That's actually not bad, considering i had all day to write in spurts yesterday, and today i've had only from 5:30-ish 'till now, with a longish break for dinner and pumpkin slaughtering. Still. Yesterday, it felt like inspiration and today it feels like a slog.
Bollix. I wish i had someone to chat with about this stuff both whose critical thinking skills i respect and who is passingly familiar with/interested in what i'm on about.
ETA on this essay at this rate: by the end of the week, i'll have a good working draft that will require hand-editing over the weekend and yield a final draft at the end. Wish me luck.
If anyone wants to volunteer to read a pretty academic, yet accessible, way-rough draft of an essay about Chaucer's Legend of Good Women and give me some comments (not on writing style at this point, but to brainstorm and ask questions that i might need to address, etc.), let me know, i could desperately use the backboard to bounce against.