Here I am, three chapters drafted of my five-chapter dissertation and I have stalled. That’s not a euphemism. I have completely and totally stopped writing my dissertation.
There are a lot of reasons for this, the biggest being that I have recently come out of a bout of depression and anxiety that, while certainly fueled by genetics, was situationally caused by my fraught relationship with this long project.
I have decided that to try to finish this thing, to give me the motivation it will take to carry the ball over the goal line, and to enjoy it as much as I can while running down the field, I am going to set daily goals of 800 to 1000 words. And then I’m going to publish them here, no matter how ugly, how unfinished, how incomplete. That means I will be publishing some things over and over again in modified, edited format. Writing a dissertation can be tedious in that way but it is necessary.
I do not plan to write every day. There will probably be weeks where I do know write. But when I do, I will post that writing here.
I need to feel that I am not doing this work in isolation any longer. I need to know that at least someone is reading as I go.
So, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave comments, let me know your thoughts. I handle criticism very well and I enjoy being pushed to do better in my thinking and my writing.