I find Re-writing strangely tiring. There's something about going over, again and again, the same big block of text in fine detail that just drains me completely. I really only noticed this recently. I think the stress associated with squeezing and formating everything down to a defined page-limit contributes, somehow.
My PhD funding proposal is almost complete. It's due very soon anyways, so that's good. Thursday, I presented it to FAB-lab, and got lots of feedback (my ego survived by hiding under a psychic rock). Of course, the timing demon had set a trap for me, and I had to TA all afternoon Thursday. Then I had to work on my proposal before the great suggestions from FABlab evaporated from my brain. No surprise; I was really tired Thursday night, when I got home at 11:00 (and fell over into bed). Friday was also a super-rewrite day, followed by Biergarten (mmm... alcohol derived from rotting seeds); again, no surprise, I was tired. Confounding variables. But I (surprise!!!) got some work done on Saturday, not too much, no problem. Sunday we won't talk about. Monday was a holiday, but Grad students (including between-degree-limbo people like myself) don't get holidays, so I was in at school, working.
Monday I had nothing to drink (alcoholic, anyways), and I didn't do anything physically strenuous (gym was closed). But my brain shut down around 5:30. I caught myself just staring at the screen. Writing a coherent and non-snarky email to send out my revisions was an act of surpreme intellectual challenge. Very strange.
Tuesday was much the same as Monday - I shut down around 5:30. All I'd done those days was rewrite. And rewrite some more. I am now developing a hypothesis: rewriting over a complete-but-not-perfect rough draft (as opposed to working on an incomplete rough draft) is very tiring, much more so than is ideas-driven, novel-work writing.
Weirdness abounds. Oh well, it's almost done. I'm now doing the comparatively less-plodding work of rewriting my abstract. Once this proposal is in, past the deadline, I'll post the abstract here, so both my readers can point and laugh.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Writing - Part III: ReWriting
Posted by TheBrummell at 12:32 pm
Labels: Grad School, Procrastination, Teaching
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