Am I a Writer if I’m Writing a Dissertation?
I love the bloggers I follow because they are all going through the “path” of writing. Most are writing fiction in some form or another. Some write to go along with their other talents, like cooking or photography.
I just read a fantastic post by Bottled Worder that talks about emotion and distance in writing. In sum, her main point is that it’s hard to write about an emotional scene if you’re feeling depressed or happy, so in a paradoxical way, the only way to effectively get that scene across is to distance yourself from it.
This takes discipline. For the past few days I’ve been in a mental slump. I’ve worked hard all day and then just felt kind of down at night. Certainly not motivated to do much of anything. What a waste of time for me. I got a lot accomplished on Saturday of the weekend but that’s the last time I made any real progress. Does this mean I lack discipline? I mean, how much mental power can one have in a day? Teaching takes it out of me! I have GOT to figure out a way to revive at night.
Another blogger, Seth Snap, seems to add to to his collection at least three times a day. It makes me wonder how he has the time to travel, take the pictures, edit them, post them, and then write creative posts and titles that complement the pictures. He’s amazing.
To do what he does every day takes discipline. Maybe I need to have a time and a place, every day, that I commit to the dissertation. I used to do that when I was studying for my comps but I kind of got off that track with this. With the comps, I had a real deadline. Now, my dissertation deadlines aren’t set in stone so it’s easier to put it off for another day. This is how I relate to my creative writing friends. They have to have self-discipline because no one is forcing them to write.
Here it is, 6:39AM, and I’m feeling motivated to work. Maybe I should go to bed at 8:30 at night and get up at 5:00 and work on the dissertation from 5:00-6:30? Jeez.
Another blogger, Christian, writes about overcoming fear when you write and “never giving up on your dreams”. See his latest post about that to see what I’m talking about. The “fear” theme resonates with me because there are some days that I am just plain afraid that I’m never going to get this dissertation written.
So today, I will go to work, use half my planning to grade and the other half to read ONE dissertation source, annotate it, and decide where to go from there. Then, I will read two more tonight and will write some source notes. This will help me feel like I’m getting somewhere. I will also review the first part of the chapter I wrote over the weekend and will see if there’s something I can add today (after I read).
- 5 Tips for Successfully Defending a Dissertation Prospectus (dissertationgal.com)
- Seven Steps To Avoid Craziness While Writing a Dissertation (dissertationgal.com)
- Join Us – Dissertation Writing Retreat (ODA) (dsc-usc.typepad.com)
- 4 benefits of writing by hand (theweek.com)
- Throwing away material without a sense of failure (thesenseofajourney.com)
- A Writer’s Notebook: some kind of revision (snoekbrown.com)
- Starting and Stopping: An Author’s Worst Enemy (creativemysteries.wordpress.com)
- Five Best Tips To Get Self Published (selfpubadvocate.wordpress.com)
- Liz Kessler – In praise of writing courses (bookwitch.wordpress.com)
- How To Overcome Writing Criticism (brianbbaker.com)