Unlike a lot of people, writing does not come to me naturally. It has been a slow and difficult learning process, and I had to contend with massive writing project as I started the dissertation. As it turned out, writing the dissertation was fun, but not always. It took me an year and a half to write the dissertation after the fieldwork, and in the process, it helped me to know what other writers had gone through. A lot of that advice came from the committee and from my peers at the University, and some of it came from webcasts on the art of writing.
These talks helped me reflect on writing: why I write, how to write, and what one goes through as a writer. It helped me anticipate that I will have to re-write again and again, and that there will be days when I will get stuck staring at a blank page or a half-written paragraph. It is not that these talks ensured that I did not get stuck, but it helped to know that it happens. More than anything else, they helped me remember that writing can be fun; something that a lot of us in the run to finish a long project forget.
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