This week left me at an impasse, research-wise. So I went back to basics and realized that I further needed to refine my categories for research (hence the funnel approach). When I saw Mary Kate lay things out in a chart, it was a forever lightbulb situation for me. I refined the ideas that I want to investigate in my work yet again. And I likely will have to do it again. This is good, this is healthy, this is NECESSARY work. It is important to distill themes from ideas. That’s how good research happens. If you have a nebulous idea of what you want to research, your research won’t be laser sharp. Who needs blunt research? Not me. It is a work in progress though, that is for certain. It’s much like sifting flour for a cake. If you don’t sift, you are going to have lumps or worse yet a cake that falls. I’m not a baker, but I do know that! I also know you can buy cake flour, but go with me on this analogy! I found several sources that I really do like and I was able to digest them and put them into my literature review. I’m a little taken aback by how labor intensive this is. I’m not scared of hard work by any means, but finding viable sources is WORK.
I realized that I don’t need to sacrifice continuing my writing in pursuing my lit review. This isn’t an either or process. It is organic and it should be. It took Dr. Zamora to help me with realizing this. This week I plan on continuing doing my free-writes before I continue to write my memoir. I feel like I have one big chapter left in the memoir (perhaps two?), along with a thoughtful introduction and conclusion. I really want to do an excellent job and make sure that my product is provoking and great.
I wish all of you a healthy and productive week. Take care of yourselves!