graduate school · Writing

Writing Rhythms

I did complete my National Poetry Month challenge, and I wrote a poem a day. I just chose not to share the rest, because I decided they were for my eyes only.

I completed the major qualifying paper that I was working on. I successfully defended the paper, and now it’s time to move on to my next project(s). First, I have to finish reading for my literature exam, which I will sit at the end of August. Then, I have to start writing my dissertation. I’ve already begun that process, but I feel like quite a bit of what I have is just warm-up writing. So I’m not sure how much of it is actually going to stick, or if it will be like my qualifying paper where I ruthlessly and brutally cut away pages until I have very little left.

So, for the next few weeks I’ll mostly be reading, but I will be working toward developing a writing rhythm. I need to produce words, every week, every day if I can. And hopefully some of those words can make it into my dissertation, or at least help me narrow my focus for my dissertation.

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