Monday, November 07, 2005Well-Begun Is Half Done
I've just now wrapped up the quick revision of the first half of my final thesis paper -- so far it's at 5,720 words, or roughly 23 pages. (My total page count at this point is up to about 65.) I think it's pretty good so far -- there are still a few points I want to touch on before I'm through, but they can probably wait until the second half is written and I'm revising the whole mess together.
I'm at a bit of a disadvantage as a hardened, habitual one-draft writer -- I always write for the length a given piece is supposed to reach, meaning that this paper's pretty much "done" (in structural terms) before I've even begun drafting the second half. I expect that blending the two halves together into one seamless train of thought is going to prove to be a bitch. It would be easier if I were a good re-writer, but frankly, my writing has generally been good enough to meet any given requirements on the first pass, so I let the re-writes slide. It's not a good thing; my writing would probably be considerably better than it is if I put more effort into it. But I don't.
Anyway, I'm a bit tired now... tomorrow we begin anew. |