Influences (or Why I Write the Way I Do)

Natalie Goldberg (free-flowing writing)
Clarissa Pinkola Estes (wild woman writing)
Jane Hutchison (direct-to-the-point writing)
Ernest Hemingway (simple words writing)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Finishing my Paper

it was unexpectedly long at 48 pages, excluding a 4-page reference list and a 5-page glossary. it also contained 10 tables and 2 figures.

at the closing stage of editing, my nerves were on end. i have had nasty experiences with Word and they normally happen when i'm saving voluminous files, especially the ones with tables and figures. so with this paper, i had to delete the 2 figures first then reinserted them during the last pasada before updating the table of contents.

hay, nakaraos din. the powerpoint would be easy. just 10 slides max. it would not be a breeze on november 3. but this, these 48 pages is a good start.  i'm proud of it because it was able to consolidate 75% of drafts written in the past six months. it could even stand now as a chapter, a real chapter.

so it's really true, we may not appreciate it in the writing process, even at the output stage, but every piece written has value, one cut-and-paste way or another, at one time or another. they will all just fit. beautifully.  i look forward to the rest of this phd.

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