After Wednesday’s class and a few days of thinking, I am ready to get back into my writing. I am looking forward to Wednesday’s class, plugging in my headphones, and getting into the draft of essay 5.
What feels comforting about moving into essay 5 is having confirmation that what I knew I was doing or feeling was correct in terms of my work in progress being a literature review. I was under that assumption in research and methodology, but I kept turning and twisting away from that methodology. Dr. Zamora was able to swiftly point out that my work is in fact a literature review that will bridge the gap between theory and practice. I have been conducting research on my own while perfecting my craft, in professional development for the past 15 years, and thoroughly in the spring semester for research and methodology.
I will be using my time in class to draft out my essays using my authentic narrative voice to make sure that I do not lose my voice while infusing research. Dr. Zamora suggested reading over the Developing a Literature Review Guide on the class website. Once again, after looking at the lit review guide and discussing this process with Dr. Zamora I feel that I have a good grasp on the literature review and that I will actually have to scale back what I have already started. I have about 15 sources in my literature review and about 20 physical books that I will need to scan from my professional development workshops. .. I may just toss a new book in my school bag each Wednesday and peruse the resource before class.
I am going to write the first half of chapter 5 on Wednesday evening and I will work on collecting and building the literature review as I come across resources that align with my literature review. I have a ton of resources that I need to comb through to pull out the best sources to support my theory. I have a great wealth of knowledge from my practice, now, I just need to remember and find the influences that helped refine my craft.
Despite feeling a bit unsteady last week, I think that a second full week of work and school will allow me to feel a bit more balanced. I need a routine to get my creative writing flowing.
I am excited to have a small supportive group within the thesis course and to have students in my classroom to bounce ideas off as I am writing my essay drafts.