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)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chapter 2

as returned by Jane last week, Chapter 2 had 84 comments, an instruction sheet on how to revise the flow of arguments and the usual array of red, yellow, blue and violet highlights as Jane directs the flow of thought within the text.

Chapter 2, the lit review, is the reason this PhD is still hanging.  classically, it's the first serious chapter you write in doing a PhD. did the first original version in 2009. by the time this was reviewed in february 2013, the thesis focus and arguments of the results chapters have changed so much that the 2009 version was rendered useless.  in a way, there is a sense of revising full scale an original lit review after results chapters are completed. because only then could a writer get the full vast overview of the 'story' concerned, and only then could one get to see the many twists and turns to get to that 'story'. in rewriting the lit review, the focus is on writing about these 'twists' and 'turns' into one coherent whole.  

i would now be working on the 6th version of the lit review since february 2013.  the fifth version was made in four months from sept-dec 2013, part-time as now working full-time.  only working on it 2 hours a day during workweeks which is equivalent to about 4 days a month or 16 days for the four months period.  

so goodluck to me.  Jane's comments still need addressing and i have faith in her. because Jane has never been wrong, and Jane has always led me to the right direction, despite my stubbornness sometimes.  the chapter will be finished before Holy Week, an earnest and loving commitment to the PhD. 

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