Monday, August 27, 2007
What Is Progress?
Is 1000 words a day progress? Lately I've been finding the actual writing -- not the brainstorming or text-pulling -- exhausting. One page makes me feel like I've scaled a mountain. But that's really not enough. I really wanted to have a draft of this chapter done by the end of August. I'm really working towards it, but it's not going to happen. I may have a draft by the end of next week, so that's my new goal. But I need to write more that won't end up on the cutting room floor. I need to get to the typing and editing stage. I need to feel like I'm making headway and not feel like I need a nap after every bloody page.
Luckily I've stopped taking out new books. I have now limited myself to what is currently on my office shelves, and only articles and book reviews are allowable extras, and then ONLY to flesh out an already-begun argument. It's so easy to fall into the "oooh, I need that specific book before I can do anything else" -- and that's crap. I know what I want to say, so I should just say it! The last time I just plain wrote, the final product was a very fun and very well-received conference paper, so this trick apparently does work.
And on that note, I'm going to stop writing in my silly blog and get back to the diss. But please, leave a comment on what you consider actual progress -- word counts are welcome.
i can't properly comment on what the average progress is, or the appropriate progress, or even my progress, since i'm nowhere near writing my dissertation anyway.
what i can offer is a suggestion that you just roll with it. progress is progress. and your current 1000 words per day is definite forward movement. i was talking to my wise and helpful supervisor a while back about preparing for my comps, saying i hadn't made any progress and i'd only read a, b, and c. his response was "then why are saying you haven't made any progress? it sounds like you've read a, b, and c."
for whatever it's worth.
If you can, keep it up! It's exhausting, I know, but it sounds like you are doing great.