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The introduction is the easy part, all that information exists somewhere out there, all I have to do is collect and explain it. I've done a lot of web searches for literature and have a healthy collection already started so that bit is done. I need to read a lot of the various articles and there will always be the, "hey what about this, I should see if there's a paper on this" event that comes up during this process that will send me back to literature searches. Then once I've collected all my information, I can sit down and write it all up so that it flows logically. It takes a lot of time, but it is relatively simple.
The second piece is more complicated. What experiments will I be doing for the next 4+ years of my life? Well.. it sort of depends on what I find out in the course of those 4 years! I know my short-term goals (next year) and I have some ideas for if this works, then try that. But, honestly, I do not feel like I know enough information to describe sufficient experiments to justify the bestowing of a PhD!
I had planned on working on the introduction, aka review paper, portion of the proposal this summer anyway. But PI would like me to have a draft of both the introduction AND the experimental layout by August. That means I need to carve out more writing time during my week!