Thoughts while writing a dissertation

Hey everyone, I know I haven’t written a lot lately (grad school and other problems have been keeping me occupied), so, I thought maybe I would write a little bit about working on my dissertation.

It’s not easy, writing a dissertation, that is. Think of writing a book, and not a short book either, that’s pretty much what this is. Since my proposal was approved in December, I’ve completed drafts for two chapters and a third is in progress. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, yes and no, considering there’s at least three more chapters that I haven’t even begun…yet.

I think one of the hardest parts is trying to put my thoughts about these film scores into words. Sometimes it’s easy, other times not. The thing with writing about any kind of music is that the same melody will mean something different to each person listening to it. And what I’m doing is trying to nail down a specific meaning for a specific set of scores that (almost) everyone reading it could find plausible. It’s really a case of: I know what I want to say, but I’m having a lot of trouble saying it.

I know I don’t normally talk about my work, but thank you for listening 🙂


5 thoughts on “Thoughts while writing a dissertation

  1. emmakwall

    I know exactly what you mean, sometimes the words just flow out of me, sometimes I literally have no idea what to say. I struggled for about a week piecing together my review for The Hateful Eight, then I sat down one afternoon and I felt so different, I just started writing and writing. It all came out!

    I think it sounds like you’re doing a wonderful job, studying AND holding down your blog is no mean feat! I think two complete drafts with a third in progress is brilliant since December (I really do!) so just give yourself a pat on the back and know you’re doing okay 🙂

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  2. B Noir Detour

    I’m a prof who once wrote a dissertation, and it’s a difficult, rather lonely process. I did best when I read — a lot. Even if on unrelated films, do read as much musicology scholarship as possible. See the theory and language published authors use. I found it instructive — in what I did and didn’t want to do. Hang in there. It’ll get done.

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