I have assembled a mountain of research on a writing project and am now familiar with the trails, ledges, and ravines on the way up the mountain. As the writing progresses, I wander among stacks of books and files, searching for the right anecdote or example, the correct citation, or the best way to illustrate an otherwise complicated concept.
There are times when rocks and gravel must be moved to find a pebble with the appropriate shape or, even better, a gem.
It is time-consuming but there is no other way to get to the top of the mountain and know you're on the right peak.
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