Laying Seige

March 17, 2004

My advisor comments from time to time that my writing is ponderous for I lay seige to every point or paragraph, building entrenchments, advancing revetments, and eventually encircling my point and pounding it into submission.

I do tend to get distracted by proving my minor points, perhaps a reaction to my tendency as an undergraduate to make provocative asides in footnotes even if they distracted the reader from my real argument.

I was reminded of this as I worked on chapter four this morning, for while much of it is pretty good my conclusion is still ponderous and repetitive. Conclusions are hard.

I try not to lay seige to my points, and sometimes I succeed, but ever and again I get bogged down defending an assertion.

This just in: writing is hard.

And so to check some footnotes.

Posted by Red Ted at March 17, 2004 12:01 PM | TrackBack