Saturday, July 20, 2013

draft revisions

Does this pattern of optimism about one's academic writing sound familiar to anyone else?

Almost invariably, when I finish a draft or a draft revision of a paper, I think, well that's certainly not perfect, but it'll do for now. Then over time, the longer I let it sit, the more awful I think it is. I can't even believe I could have written certain things in certain ways or left things in that form without being so embarrassed by the awfulness that I wouldn't allow anyone else to look at it.

Then at some point, I go back to do another revision, read through it, and think, huh, that's not actually so bad. Not perfect, things missing, but it at least reads like an intelligent person wrote it.

And the cycle repeats.

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