It’s amazing how many things it’s possible to let slip when one is working to a deadline. With a deadline Friday night, so far this week I’ve skipped:
- making dinner
- making breakfast
- putting away laundry
- reading a book group book (The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer; so far, two thumbs up)
- getting my daughter to school on time (we actually missed the carpool one day)
- answering email
- reading research texts fully
- finding a book valuable if it doesn’t have an index
I’m finding that in the last couple days, I’ve moved into the hard-focus stage. Finally, tonight, my argument came together, and I know how the chapter fits into the dissertation as a whole. (Yay!)
I’m also finding that my notetaking system works pretty well. I make notes on the front page of the article with the relevant page number and a brief description of what I’ll find there. It makes it easy to skim back through an article to find the quotation I want, or to get a general sense of the argument.
I like this part of writing, when everything comes together, when I’m writing well and working well with research.