I have to write a paper for my music analysis class. Normally writing papers is no big deal. I've been writing essays pretty much as long as I can remember... I have a minor in English... I like writing.
But I've never written a paper for a music theory class. And I never, ever write my papers following any kind of regimented schedule. (You know: write an outline. Write the introduction. Whatever.)
For this class, I have to write the introduction first. Which I guess makes sense - start with telling what you're going to write about? Start with the hypothesis/thesis? Okay. Except I've always written papers by just diving in -- describing what I see, what I think, what might be going on -- and out of the rambling I figure out what I'm actually trying to say. THEN I write the introduction.
(Yes - I've usually written at least four pages before I figure out exactly what my thesis is. I'm sure this is very unorthodox.)
I have to turn in an introduction tomorrow morning. I've analyised the piece, broken it down into themes and ideas, labeled things, plonked things out on the piano... and I have no idea what I want to say about it, because I haven't "written out" my thoughts. And of course I procrastinated a little. (A lot.) So this might be a long night. I think I'm going to have to write half the paper before I can write the introduction.
I think I may have a problem.