Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Concluding Anxiety


All I have to do is write the conclusion. And yet I am trapped at a coffee shop staring at a blank page and feeling the bile rise in my stomach.

Ok, the page isn't exactly blank. I have an outline. But it doesn't do much good. The entries say things like "results," "implications," and "future directions." But, there is nothing under those headings. So now it's time to figure out what exactly are the implications of this 200-page document.

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5 comments:

Pop! Goes the Icon said...

This is why i hate outlines. They offer false security.

Meagan said...

Ack, good luck. I've found that when I have writer's block it helps to sit down and force myself to write just anything... even if it's: "I am a frog, a sweet little blue frog." I'm not actually sure if this helps me get over writer's block or just helps me feel better but I don't get writer's block much any more (watch, now I'll get it tomorrow) and it's POSSIBLY because I got sick of feeling ridiculous for writing about little blue frogs.

Anonymous said...

oh my god I am right there with you on this. I've been reading your blog and completing my thesis at the same time as you. The end bites. 11 days until I hand mine in, according to your handy countdown. I hope this isn't too weird, as I don't know you, but good luck! I really wish you the best

Miserable Grad Student said...

Hi anonymous,
Thanks for writing and following along! It's nice to know that I'm not suffering alone. And no, it's not weird. As Emily Gould has attested to the world, blogs are all about breaching the public-private line.

Miserable Grad Student said...

Meagan,
Thanks for the advice. With my luck, I'd be outlining the different ways that I am a sweet little blue frog! But you're right, the thought is so funny that it does provide that crucial, tension-releasing comic relief!