For two years I’ve been working on drafts of a paper. I’m happy to keep incorporating new sources and improving the paper, because the topic is fascinating, and I’m confident that my work is worth publishing. However, when I print the current draft out to look over after making edits, I can barely read a paragraph before my eyes glaze over and I lose interest. Earlier in the project, when my paper was worse but the subject was fresher in my mind, I was able to calmly read my own writing. Now I find it very difficult.

I wouldn’t expect anyone else to read something that I can’t, which makes me reluctant to seek feedback — I don’t want to waste people’s time. Still, I’m pretty sure the writing itself isn’t a total catastrophe, and that I am just “sick” of working on this paper. That’s hardly a useful diagnosis. What should I do?

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