Yesterday I ran up against a wall of proposal-speak. Everything that I wrote was in the future or conditional tense: "I would like to...," "This chapter will...," etc. This makes sense, since the things I've written most recently have all been, in fact, proposals, dissertation & conference x 2. But to actually write an argument, I need to snap back into the present tense of literary analysis.
I tried sketching out the structure of the chapter (which had helped with the diss proposal), and ended up realizing that all the interesting readings I wanted to do were smushed into a single sentence that basically said, "readings go here." No wonder I was stuck in the future; I was taking the work of the present for granted.
So this afternoon I would like to write a few pages about my object of study, with, like, quotes and everything. Rather, "I will write a few pages." What should be "I am writing a few pages..."