Monday, January 2, 2012

The problem with my current research topic that everything is about everything else, all at the same time.

This should be interesting.


Comrade PhysioProf said...

Sounds like "an opportunity for interdisplinary cross-cutting research that breaks traditional conceptual barriers and forges new syntheses".


squadratomagico said...

I LOVE topics like that! They're certainly obnoxious to research and work on, though.

HFM said...

Oof. I've been there. Those kinds of projects can be beastly to write up - they refuse to lie flat on the page, and when you try to straighten a corner of it, another begins curling up again.

It helps me to think in terms of maps - you're not looking for a map that reproduces the world perfectly, you're looking for a pared-down (but not wrong) version that highlights the information you're looking for. It's okay if different arguments need different maps of the same place.

Of course, it also helps me to realize that the first 90% of my writing time is still going to involve cursing, opening new files and starting over, whiskey drinking, more cursing, and so on until something clicks...that's what you sign on for with these types of projects.

Shedding Khawatir said...

This is exactly how I feel about my dissertation.

Sisyphus said...

That's all of my writing!