I have not blogged much lately and I feel a bit bad about it. Thinking of it, I have a pretty good excuse. Remember my post about going nuts over my data analysis chapter? Well, this is more or less over. At least, I have put it behind me for now, until my supervisors tell me I need to do more analysis.
Being done with data analysis means moving on to the very exciting discussion chapter, where you have to explain your findings, what they mean, and why. That involves a lot more writing and creativity! So I think it might be the reason why I have failed to blog much…like there is a cap on the amount of words I can produce. Now the creative juices are flowing and I cannot stop writing, so I am taking the opportunity to reflect on this writing process.
First of all, it takes dedication: For the very first time, I skipped going home for Christmas in order to have my head into my writing. Mum, Dad, forgive me for skipping Christmas.
Second of all, I think it was worth it because I’ve written loads: barely anyone in the office, minor amount of distractions (I still partied and ate my weight in turkey, don’t worry) and a constant stream of ideas to put on paper. Too many ideas in fact. Surely I will have to cut through this verbal diarrhoea after the first round of supervisory comments.
Third of all, accept your massive #fails: it’s OK to fall asleep on your keyboard – or under your desk – every now and then (understand every day), to freak out over a blank page for 3 hours and write nothing, to drink more coffee than you can admit and to zone out during a conversation because you are thinking of your last unfinished sentence.
I still managed to take a small week-end break to air my thoughts, and I am now back to it. Counting my daily words and posting them on Twitter as a way to annoy everyone and keep my motivation up (sorry!).
Anyone experiencing the joys of the PhD write-up or other forms of intensive or creative writing?
How is it going for you?
PhD writing resources:
General writing tips from the Next Scientist blog