I'm in the midst of a BIG essay.... Not a particularly long one (1500 words) but really theoretical subject matter which means I need to cite/quote sources quite a bit. I am doing okay...have enough time left to finish and edit before the deadline but: Woes: 1. Like always I think I over did the reading and note taking preparation. 2. Academic writing reminds me of doing a jigsaw puzzle I would much prefer though a nice countryside scene. 3.Citing/naming sources however necessary, changes the experience of writing. I look back and think well done, you have managed to put together the thoughts/ideas/suggestions of all those people. Like a master carpet weaver. I think the real annoyance is that in some sense the writing doesn't end up feeing like my own...it only demonstrates my ability to read/understand/collate/synthesise and present information, valuable skills yes but the process always undermines my experience of writing. Moan over.....I know, anything to avoid getting on with it.