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Thesis Bootcamp Fan!

On the weekend I began to re-work on 5000 words I wrote for one section of a chapter - a particularly difficult one that I began drafting very early in the process which has evolved over the journey to something unrecognisably different. Today I found a quiet desk in the Giblin Euson Library, and began to reshape the words into the chapter I wanted to write adding references, checking quotes, slashing chunks and re-wording 'bits'. Normally working full time from splurging to agonising  takes about a month - approximately two hours per day but with the splurging done at Bootcamp in Feb it has been a much much quicker process. 
Splurgers Vs Agonisers
Working with Hazel Edwards while mentoring gifted writers she mentioned these terms in relation to how authors write. I think they describe beautifully the writing process. Hazel has heaps more tips on her website. This is the a mini quiz we designed for a Girlfriends! Program forum on writing. (Girls Year 5-9)
GS loved the echo in
the Giblin lift when he
screamed- oh dear!
Maybe I'll take books
back alone.Quiet zone!

 Are you a Splurger or an Agoniser?
Tick the answer that reflects how you write most of the time.
Yes
No
1. I think quickly when asked to write down ideas.


2. I take time to think about a new idea.


3. I like to do an outline.


4. I need to have time to think before writing.


5. I get bored fast.


6. I am good at proof reading.


7. I love interviewing.


8. I read quickly.


9. I edit in my head not on paper or computer.


10. I think of titles quickly.


Total


If you answer mostly yes to questions 2,3,4,9, and mostly no to questions 1, 5, 6, 7, 10 you are probably an AGONISER. You like to ask why and what’s the point before you begin work. You’ll be found sharpening your pencil, looking for your paper and needing to think first before writing. You edit mainly in your head so you don’t need to write so many drafts and your friends like you because you are a very good proofreader.
If you answered mostly yes to questions 1, 5, 6,7,10 and mostly no to questions 2,3,4,9, you are probably a SPLURGER. You think quickly, talk a lot, are good at thinking up titles, enjoy interviewing people or having discussions, like to put your story on paper quickly and often question why you would need to do an outline or storyboard.

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