D Day (draft day)

Today is the last day available for the honours cohort to edit, revise and work through our work thus far before submitting a first draft tonight. On a personal level, the change of scenery away from the lab and from my house and over to Steve’s art studio in Footscray has been a positive one, with the two of us putting in some big efforts over the past 48 hours and ultimately coming away with some more than pleasing work.

I feel like my research and writing has really benefited from being in a different space. Every time i take a break, i find myself in an unfamiliar suburb with new faces, new experiences and of course, new coffee shops around me. It’s proven to be a good way to break up the research.

I met with my supervisor Ed yesterday too to get some advice before the draft submission, as i simply have too many words, too much clutter going on and a whole section left to write. Thank goodness it’s a draft that’s due! We went through a few of the chapters i have been working on together, which he felt positive about but admitted were much too long and in desperate need of condensing. Ed came to the conclusion that in order for me to submit a draft that meets the required wordcount, i simply cannot include everything that i have done. Today i am going to have to be scrupulous and pretty open minded – including just the barebones of my work in progress to give Adrian an idea of what it is that i am trying to say – as i have said earlier, it is surely better to have the words available if i need them, than to not have enough to begin with.

The other big realisation that i have had, as annoying as it may be, is that the structure i have pursued (as discussed in my earlier posts about ‘uneven structure’) has not worked out. By dividing the chapters into the key arguments of my thesis rather than the case studies that i am exploring, i have had to continually reintroduce and provide context about each of the albums and how they fit in with my broader arguments and this has made it tedious and repetitive to read, as others have pointed out. The change will have to be made – to the other proposed structure – active as of today.

It’s frustrating to read over the work that you have laboured over so hard to find that so much of it is superfluous – although i do feel as though the process of ‘writing it out‘ has benefited me and provided me with further context and knowledge upon which to base my arguments and discussions.

With a full day ahead, Steve’s signature buckwheat porridge slowly burning in my stomach, and an effective pomodoro plan to boot (which i have yet to find time to adequately discuss in a blog post in the haste of this manic week), Steve and I are ready to throw everything that we have got at this day and submit some work that we are proud of. I think it’s fair to say that we hope to look back at the end of it, cold beer in hand, and say ‘Cheers’.

About simonwoodhonours

Simon Wood (Honours in Media and Communication) is an RMIT student whose specialist discipline is in the 'contemporary music industry'. For his honours study in 2013, Simon will be researching the ‘concept album’, and its significance within the contemporary music industry.
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