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Clarissa's Blog

An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

A Chunk of Marble

Writing an article is akin to sculpting in marble. I create a Word file, dump a bunch of quotes, sources, ideas, unfunished sentences into it, and begin to bang on them, trying to bring out a meaningful image from the raw material. 

Gradually, an outline of something recognizable and maybe even a tad elegant begins to appear. I continue banging on my chunk of marble, and it even feels physically exhausting because marble is hard and refuses to be molded. 

It’s easy to come up with ideas and envision what the finished marble statue will look like. It’s the actual process of carving, sanding, polishing and then doing the whole thing over and over again that’s hard. 

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