So tonight, trying to work with a graduate student on the concept for hir paper, I realized ze had not yet read the primary texts in question. Here I have been e-mailing suggestions for the secondary bibliography and the reason the student keeps wavering on hir stand and focus is that ze has not read the primary texts.
Student: I think perhaps I need to just start writing, then from what I write the actual argument I want to make will become clearer to me.
Do you see? It is pernicious. This idea of “writing before you are ready” has gone altogether too far!