So, I kinda need to work on the discussion section of my paper. And, by that I mean that I need to put some words–any words at all–after the discussion heading in the draft. I’m letting the thing intimidate me and I shouldn’t, really. I know my research was important. I know it contributed to the field. I even know why it was important and how it contributes to my field. And yet, there are currently no words after “Discussion.”
The problem, mostly, is the same problem I had with every other section, I don’t know how to say what I want to say. See, I am most comfortable with an informal style of writing (you don’t say?) and a paper is really not informal. If I had to write a series of informal blog posts about my research, the whole thing would be done and I could go defend and pick up my doctorate. So, what happens is that I sit in front of the computer and wait to feel inspired. I write a sentence. I delete the sentence. I write a new sentence. I delete it. It’s really quite painful.
Well, this approach is getting me nowhere fast so I’ve decided to try something different. I opened a new document and am writing the discussion as though it was for the blog. I figure, at least I get something written down and I can clean up the language and make it sound all professional and smart later. So far, it is working. We’ll see how it goes when I try to translate it into professional-speak.