#32: Cannibalizing Your Work

Dear Story Nurse,

I have been meaning to rewrite my thesis for a year and make it suitable for publication as a monograph or as separate articles and I am struggling. It is not as much the writing but the rewriting that is giving me nightmares. I’m avoiding it because I don’t know how to do it. I can plan writing and am good with the process, but going from one text to another… I don’t know how to plan a new text out of a previous one. How to rewrite text that took forever to write?

—karmaku (she/her)

Dear karmaku,

I can completely understand that you’re reluctant to take apart something that took so much time and effort to put together. Fortunately, the original thesis will always be there, and will always be a testament to your hard work.

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