My blog has been silent of late as I have been working on my dissertation on … silence. August has come at last, which means I am preparing course packets for my class this fall and trying to finish a draft of my prospectus. I currently have 24 pages, but not 24 pages that hang together as real live draft. The writing process has been a lot like Yeats’s “widening gyre,” except in reverse. Each version gets closer and closer to what I want it to look like, but it still feels like I’m writing in circles.
I started editing my book last week and the process still took me by surprise even though I’ve read every article ever written on the subject (ok maybe not, but I’ve read a lot of blog posts about it). I’m editing approximately 15 pages every hour—who knew it would take so long? I’m up to page 75 out of 267 and I’ve been working on it for the past five days. From what I’ve done so far, I think about 2/3 of my words are usable. It’s startling to think that so many words just won’t work, but I’m clearing up plot holes and making the book that much stronger. It will be a longer process than I thought, but as long as I’m still having fun, I’m going to keep plugging away.
And because I’ve been away so long, here’s a pretty picture of a beach:
It’s not a vacation—it’s research! I promise!