Saturday, May 06, 2006

Four Polished Pages

Update (10:54 p.m.): I have six pages of draft, three of which are nearly polished. And even though two of those pages are excerpted from my thesis, and I just have to adjust them to the context of this essay, I'm satisfied with what I did today. Time to watch CSI.


Update (5:30 p.m.): The bulldozing thing was overly optimistic, and I only have about two and a half pages of rough (really rough) draft. But now I at least feel convinced that I'm in the process of writing a paper. While I was writing two of my comp exams, I never actually felt involved in what was happening.
(An aside to my brain: Thanks for coming.)


That's my goal for today's writing. So far, I have the title written. But as soon as I can break through the paralysis caused by my inability to find what even N. called "a needle in a haystack" when she suggested I look for it--statements from Henry James and Louise Erdrich that directly connect their views of American life (which James didn't usually give two shits about anyway)--I feel like I'll be able to bulldoze my way through a draft, no problem. I'm in that kind of mood.


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