On writing every day

For the past few weeks, I have committed myself to writing something on my dissertation every day (meaning Monday-Friday, because my work days depend on when the munchkin is in daycare). This has been surprisingly productive, as the page count keeps growing on a couple of different chapters, and more importantly, the quality keeps improving as I go back and edit and reorganize.

It was a very short time ago that I asked my supervisor just how to actually, y’know, do that dissertation thing – how to get past the mental block that this isn’t just another paper, this isn’t something I’ve done before, this is that thing. It wasn’t the size that was scaring me, because I know that you just break that down into component chunks and write one section, one chapter at a time. It was just the name. But now, every day, it’s just….writing. She gave me a couple of suggestions about how to start, and from there, the paths just multiplied.

I don’t imagine that I’ll ever be able to commit myself in the same way to a blog, because I don’t have the goal of being a “successful” blogger, but I do see this as a real project that requires attention if it’s to perform its intended function. Now I wait for the paths to appear before I decide what to do with them.