Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted again. Thought I’d drop in to share my thought process of anxiety/madness when I’m writing a paper in grad school. Why? Because I’m currently writing a paper, and I would like to procrastinate. I’ll write a post in defence of procrastination, too…but I’ll do that later (haha).
- This topic is soooooooo interesting! I’m going to check out every book ever written about it, and read everything even remotely related to it. That’s how interesting this is!!!!!
- What the hell was I thinking, this is so boring. I’m never going to read all this crap.
- Having read all this crap, I’m soooo interested in this topic again! I could even write a PhD thesis on it!
- I’m so overwhelmed. What the hell am I even writing about again?
- Now that I’ve started writing this paper, I’m sooo interested in this again! My idea is so brilliant and original, my professor is going to suggest I submit my paper for publication in a reputable journal! Once it’s published, my paper will REVOLUTIONALIZE THIS FIELD.
- My paper is a mess and complete bullshit. None of my claims are original, my logic is flawed, and I don’t even understand the theory I’m using. WHY AM I EVEN IN GRAD SCHOOL? SOON THEY WILL DISCOVER THAT I’M A FRAUD.
- Ugh, who cares. I’m not curing cancer, it’s just bloody grad school. Just bang out some semi-coherent bullshit and hand it in. The earth is going up in flames in 500 million years. My paper isn’t even remotely significant.
Currently, I’m oscillating between 5-7. This, my friends, is the Cycle of Doom. Now that I’ve written it down and made it public, maybe I can call myself on it and break out of it. This seems unlikely, but it’s worth a shot.