I’ve read SEVERAL guides on successful academic writing, and they all advise writing EVERY day, even if just notes or freewriting or one paragraph.
Having spent the morning reacquainting myself with my thesis proposal, I see why this advice is so prevalent: There is definitely SIGNIFICANT momentum lost in stopping and restarting. Better to engage with research and writing daily, even if just for an hour. And by engage I mean “write something down.”
Lesson re-learned. 😉 My proposal and I are now successfully reacquainted :). I did this by rethinking through, aloud and on paper, what my proposal and project are all about.
To accomplish this:
- I displayed Martyn Descombe’s figure “the logic of research proposals,” viewable in the amazon.com preview of his book “Research Proposals: A Practical Guide” (see photo and images below).
- I cut a handful of white 4-inch by 6-inch note cards in half (long-wise), and jotted down my initial remembrances of my answers to the proposal-building questions that Denscombe has placed in the figure. (No need to type this up–it’s not going into any writing that I submit.)
- Then, I recreated the figure in my Livescribe notebook (which functions as my researcher’s journal).
Quickly so that I can get back to writing and note-taking, I added my personal answers to these questions, noting where I cannot answer, and viewing any hesitancy in speaking out the answers as cues to identify places where I need to do a little note-taking in Citavi. I already knew that the following articles have no notes (see Citavi images below), and that this is why I cannot speak off of the top of my head about their content that supports my proposal argument: I’ve only just read them, but it’s the note-taking that gets the content in the head.
The goal today is to type up a g’nuff (“good enough”) version of the introductory paragraphs (this is like the 5th version, but I’m solid on the proposal now, and all five versions were necessary and helped) and the background statement.
I’ll let you know tomorrow whether I reached these goals or not. 🙂
NOTE: My heart is swelling. I oh, so want to have the victory of submitting this proposal soon. I just need that release, ya know! I know it will do WONDERS for my soul to release it. No time to look backwards. Forging ahead!!!
Images and the Livescribe pencast link documenting this morning’s “reacquaintance work” are below. Blessings!
Listen to the audio of the Liveescribe page here (NOTE: the version I’ve shared here does not share my proposal content because I need to keep that private at the moment ;)): http://www.livescribe.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/LDApp.woa/wa/MLSOverviewPage?sid=VZbnCd1vg01G