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Posted on Monday 14 September 2015 at 7:24 am

Diss Ch. 1 - Done-ish


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I've been messing around with chapter 1 of my dissertation for months now. I've said for a very long time that the intro and chapter 1 would by far be the hardest, and I seriously hope I'm right.

Wednesday I got an email from my advisor saying he had a meeting about his grad students' progress so could I give him an update and he'd pass along what I told him. I said I was done with all but the opening and the last substantive section of the chapter and they depended more on sources for chapters 2 and 3 (which overlap and will be written together, I think) than sources for the rest of chapter 1 so they'd take a while. On Friday he replied asking if I could put something in his hands before his Monday meeting as that looked better. I went to print it and realized I was wrong. I didn't have all but the last section done. I had all but the last two sections done. So Saturday I organized and detailed the outline for the one that I had the sources pulled and Sunday I wrote the blasted thing. 4,200 words in 11 hours was nothing when I was doing undergrad and even grad class papers. For the dissertation, which is so much more complex and matters to me so much more, I think that's a daily record. It also led to me taking brief breaks on FB to whine including things like these:

Why is it I can say something in about 100 words or I can say it in about 100 pages but absolutely nothing in between, like say the 5 to 7 pages I really need?

An example of my problems in a nutshell: within the next say 2 hours I need to write c. 500-1000 words on the childhood of William III and its ties to larger issues of Dutch political culture and nationalism, especially the tensions between federated republicanism versus Calvinist nationalism and Orangism.

I really can explain all that. I just keep having issues with whole "2 hours" and "c. 500-1000 words" pieces. Can I have 2 months and 50 pages?


Oh well. It's done now. I'm counting this as being done with the rough draft of chapter 1 even though there's a couple bits undone because I really do need to work on them with chapters 2 and 3 so mentally need to move on and I gave it to the advisor so that's a pretty clear dividing line. Now on to chapters 2 and 3... well, today on to fixing the footnotes in that last section that I frantically wrote yesterday then on to chapters 2 and 3.

Comments:

aoife
failte_aoife at 1:08 pm on 14 September 2015 (UTC) (Link)
I'm in awe (since I'm currently despairing over a simple term paper...). Good luck!
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 10:37 am on 15 September 2015 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Good luck with your term paper. You'll get there!
Unsentimental Fool
unsentimentalf at 3:37 pm on 14 September 2015 (UTC) (Link)
That's a hell of a lot of writing in a very short time! Hopefully it's impetus for carrying on as well as meeting your deadlines!
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 10:39 am on 15 September 2015 (UTC) (Link)
It was a lot of writing. :)

Staying at it day-to-day has always been my biggest problem so I'm definitely hoping to keep the momentum going this time.
A work in progress
ancarett at 12:30 am on 15 September 2015 (UTC) (Link)
Kiss chapter one goodbye for now. Get going on chapters two and three. Don't look back much but make notes of any revisions you will need to make (LATER!). Keep on truckin'!
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 10:39 am on 15 September 2015 (UTC) (Link)
Will do :)


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