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, March 25, 2015

You Need A Pencil

chapter 4 has been emailed last Sunday, so in my bag, now on my desk are three parts of supposedly just one chapter.  the decision point is whether to compress in one or two chapters, and how? read a first few pages of the first two parts, and could not endure my writing. too general, too hyperventilating, which means i am not clear with the thinking while writing these 3 years ago.

to start, to really start, i must have to endure one thing. to read through the texts, read through all 100+ pages, back to back of an equivalent three chapters. how much can i take?

and so etched on the first ever page: YOU NEED A PENCIL. a pencil to underline, encircle, highlight with a star and yes, slash.  because looking back, one cannot compress everything known on Kaantabay in a thesis. a thesis can only carry this much argument, this much burden of evidence, this weight.

so the unloading, and the writing work, continues.

and Vitti, don't forget to file your originals, and save tables and figures in a separate Word doc.

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