I have a clear focus and goal for my project. I know what I want to do, I’m just having a really hard time doing it. I’ve read several reviews, and I’ve gotten inspired, but every time I sit down to write something of my own, I don’t know where to start.
To remind you all, I’m writing a review of sorts on the novel If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino. At first, I wanted it to be a commentary on postmodernism (the style in which the book is written), but after reading many academic sources, trying to understand this concept, I realized that I did not want to tackle something so theoretical and big. So I’ve moved away from postmodernism and related theories, and I’m focusing more on the book itself.
I want to convince you to read it.
After reading some reviews, by the likes of David Mitchell and Salman Rushdie, to name a few, I’ve become more inclined to write about my own reading experience. I want to use myself as a lens through which you all can see this book. I also want to include the commentary of different reviewers or authors, as that is something that I’ve seen done repeatedly in this genre. As I was reading these pieces, I agreed and disagreed with certain points, and I want to clarify or expand on some of the claims that other reviewers have made.
I have a lot of goals, but I can’t exactly put my finger on a final vision. I think I need to write down a terrible, terrible draft, and then go from there. I’m getting caught up in writing paragraphs that “don’t sound good,” but I need to focus on getting the content smoothed out before I worry about its presentation.
This is harder than I thought.