Writing graduate seminar papers was always a three-step process. 1. Conduct research. 2. Several days of misery and paralysis. 3. Write paper, trying to adhere to a rough schedule (write x pages over y days, then revise).
I'm about to write a dissertation. My previous method isn't going to work. Partly, I know this because it just plain feels different: I'm not miserable all the time. Instead, I'm suspended in a state of readiness: I know that I could start writing at any moment. Instead, I read blogs, write email, look for/read more sources (and the research part of things is in no way over; it's just that I do have things to say now), practice, swim, cook large amounts of lentil soup.
So I'm going to shake things up a bit, try to give myself a bit more structure by waking up earlier than I have been (this morning involved 8? hits of the snooze button, by god) and writing first thing.
Anyone have a similar experience, in having to change your writing process for different genres/lengths/modes of writing?