One of my problems while writing is that I have a hard time stopping the research and reading bibliography part to actually sit down and start writing. I just like the first stage too much. If you add to that my ADD tendencies, then at some point I will find myself reading about completely unrelated things. Just one thing led to another, and somewhere I lost track of my goal. I do manage to get back on track, but that is a tendency I have to wrestle with. For example, the reason why I moved from that stage and started writing my dissertation was the very real threat of uncertainty: I didn't know whether I would have funding past my fifth year or not (I probably would have, but that threat allowed me to go into the job market the year before the economy crashed).
If, as I am now, you are attempting a major project, the juggling can get complicated. I have managed to start writing, while doing research at the same time. So far, I've written 35 pages in the past month and a half. However, I haven't written anything in the past week and a half. The last two days, because I was busy with the R&R, but last week, I just immersed myself into the world of reading and research. Some was useful, but I didn't really need to tackle Alain Badiou out of curiosity right now. I am not sure if I do this because of short attention span (I get bored with a big project every so often, and I need to switch my attention to something else), because I don't know how to organize myself, because I am stuck in my writing (I don't feel so, but I haven't felt compelled to write like I usually do), or why.
Does this happen to you? How do you deal with it? How does your brain (for lack of a better word) works while you are embarked in a research process? I'd love to hear your stories