Refuse to be Passive

20 pages? No problem!

In Life in General on February 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I’ve been doing a course by correspondence over the past months. The course material has been fascinating, but the final project, aside from the take-home final, was a 20 page paper. I seem to recall loathing papers of that length in university. As such, I procrastinated to such an extent that I had to request an extension on the course. It didn’t help that I’d started the wrong version of the final assignment. Whoops. Anyway, the past couple weeks I got some research done, but still procrastinated on writing the stinking thing. 20 pages. Where do you start? My sister’s answer of “anywhere” wasn’t particularly inspirational. Other people’s opinions of “at the beginning” were similarly unhelpful. I then remembered what my Creative Writing professor in university told me. “Pound out the first copy. It’ll be total crap. Resist the urge to stop and edit part way through. Just write. The rest will happen later. ” As so that’s what I did. I had no idea I could pound out pages that fast. Granted, it’s a very rough copy and I’ll have to go back, cite some sources and insert some quotes, but for the most part, I’m pretty darned impressed! Now to just back up the paper so that if some unnatural thing happens to my computer I haven’t totally lost it. Horror. Okay. I’m going to do that right now.

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