I just finished writing the biggest paper I’ve ever written. It’s an end of the year final paper for the program I’m doing.
It was 37 pages long, had over 60 citations and quotations from some 27 books and references, with an appendix of 29 pages. Suffice it so say, I feel like I’ve been reborn since finishing this thing. There’s also several lessons that I learned from writing such a large paper that I wanted to pass along:
1. Starting is always the hardest part. Have you noticed that? My professors had me so intimidated by this paper that I was really scared to even start it. Just thinking about starting it brought a sense of tightness to my chest. I just had no idea how I was going to write at least 30 pages, which was the minimum, so I avoided starting it for as long as I could. Finally, after waiting until one month before the paper was due, I started looking over the requirements again and began writing. Guess what I noticed? Once I started writing, things slowly began to flow.