Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tedium...

I have had time to get back into my research project again over the past few weeks. As always, however, when I spend weeks on end filtering through archival material and research notes, translating from the Norwegian sources, drawing out what I think might be relevant, filing it under different themes and sections, etc etc, I am inevitably reminded that this stage of the research process is pretty tedious... In hindsight I forget about the tedium, but when I'm in the middle of it, I have to keep convincing myself that it is worth going on and that it's part of something bigger and more enjoyable.
"It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily."
- Virginia Woolf, A Writer's Diary, London: Harcourt, 1953, on p. 25.