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A place to process for those entangled in the writing process, a space to share insights for those who have completed this magna opus, and a forum to bounce off ideas for those looking down the road at the journey they are about to undertake.
Busy with my dissertation and it is so hard to find literature on my subject shadow and work (all tips are welcome).
So I decided to write a blog to get comments and new ideas. Let's get inspired by people busy with dept psychology and organisations/work!
Bonnie, Reading about the concept paper and choosing a topic, etc made me smile. I remember those days! Now that I am sitting at my desk actually writing the proposal, three months into my dissertation clock, I can have a bit of perspective. It's fascinating, really, how the thread has really been there all along for me in ways that I didn't even realize. I look back at old journals, diaries, and letters from years and years ago and see the trail of breadcrumbs. Words, leanings, images, dots connecting all over the place - until the issue I struggle with is that it is all connected and I can't seem to find a way in to, out of, or through the web - depending on where I happen to be standing at any given moment.
But, the writing is coming along. And my concept paper has been invaluable in keeping me on the path. I'm so grateful that the professor who worked with me on my concept paper was diligent and demanding. I couldn't see the larger picture at the time, but, oh, what a blessing it is to have struggled to clearly articulate something that I could only see the blurred edges of. It was enough light to see by. Trust that.
Hi Siona: It's great to see you here in the group. I forget where you are in the process?...I am early enough that I am still working on a concept paper, but am finding it so elusive to nail down a topic I can't even begin with a purpose statement.
I am thrilled that several members of this group are far enough along that they find the writing is the real problem! It gives me hope that I can actually move on.
Meanwhile, I'm really liking what a couple of people have said about re-reading papers (or proposals!) and finding the common thread. In fact, the most recent purpose statement I wrote bored me so much I was ready to postpone the entire process altogether. Then, almost as quickly, one person pointed out to me how engrossed I am in building this Alliance---and that it might be good if I could do my dissertation around it. All of a sudden things shifted! Now I am starting to see a (albeit tentative) link between that oh-so-boring purpose statement from a few weeks ago and how it might have a whole new twist by combining it with something totally new and unexpected (community & social media). I would have never put the two together. It's creating something along the line of what Maurice is saying about keeping the conversation going and eliciting curiosity.
I have yet to make more sense of it, but I do have a "sense" something new is brewing. Very alchemical, all of it!....Now...where to go from here????? What questions should I be asking NOW????
So good to see you here, Maurice!
And thank you for the reminders, everyone, to stay close to the passion, the heart, the juice of the dissertation. I got stuck very early in the process - so frozen by my insecurities, feeling as if I could never traverse the world of academia as a depth psychologist. (I don't sound like those other dissertation writers, I kept thinking.) My chair reminded me that I do, indeed, know how to speak the language of depth psychology which for me, as a poet at heart, is poetry. She encouraged me to look for the mirrors that would affirm the poetic inquiry rather than those mirrors that only reflected voices that were not authentic to my work and my journey. Soooo helpful! Soon after, I got a few pages completed, sent them in, received a thumbs up, and am confident that I am on my way. "Patience. Grace." Yes. Most definitely.
I'm grateful for this group, and I'm sure I will be more so moving forward. I am at the place where I'm supposed to turn in an "Intro" and I have changed my topic about six times since I was encouraged to write it.
At this stage, I can't even THINK about disciplining myself to write when I am so concerned about being bored with my topic that won't want to write. I know some of you can relate to that, and while I know you can't help me choose, its comforting just knowing there are others here in the community who can relate.
Maurice, I love your comment about starting with your passion. I need to keep focused on that part--THAT is where the "simplifying" probably shows best for me at the moment.
Thank you all!