After a busy few weeks, and months, I am delighted to report that I have submitted the second draft of my thesis to my supervisors (almost) on time. This version marks a huge difference between Drafts 1 and 2 but I think it is necessary to go through the pain of Draft 1 before finding oneself able to develop the writing and thinking. I have completely rewritten the whole thesis to ensure a strong narrative thread with a focus on recording moments of insight in practice and research. It has been a really hard slog but I now feel as if I can see the wood for the trees although that is not to say it is finished, I have a very long list of things to attend to in Draft 3 and while many are doing endless checks on the consistency of referencing and numbering for example, others require more research or rewriting sections that are not clear. I also need to ensure I do not have too much repetition although I recognise that some might be good.
But that is for another day.
As an aide memoir to myself here is a list of some of the things I have to do but there will be more from my supervisors . . .
- Review blog inserts and check web links. Put links as footnotes
- Check style, flow and clarity of argument through sections, chapters and the whole
- Review all images and change as appropriate
- Emphasise moments of insight – both practice and theory
- More references to photographers
- Finalise all references
- Check Endnote is using Harvard
- Check all visual heuristics for clarity and content
- Insert more about Bruno Latour
There are not many days when I am not working on my PhD but perhaps today will be one of them!