Back to University: MA Creative Writing

Hey everyone.

I start back at university tomorrow so I’m taking a break from regular posting this week. My course is via distance learning, so there are no changes to my classes because of the pandemic. They’ve released the reading list early, and for next week alone I have ten things to read! Thankfully I have Merlin cuddles to keep me company:

Cuddly Merlin Sleepy
Whenever I’m trying to do something he flops on me and doesn’t let me get up for a while ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not looking forward to the rest of my MA though. Lock-down and isolation has given me plenty of time to think, and that’s made me hesitant to continue the course. I haven’t learned much so far, and my last assignment sucked the fun out of writing. Camp Nanowrimo reminded me how much fun writing is when I choose what to write. I want to lose myself in projects I’m passionate about, but an MA in Creative Writing isn’t allowing time for that.

beach
Sunrise at the beach, taken before lock-down. I miss writing by the sea!

I hope the next modules are better than the last one, but I’m wondering if my time would be better spent finishing a first draft. On the one hand quitting after coming this far seems like a waste, on the other I’m not looking forward to the 20000 word assignment.

I’ll see how the next two weeks of classes go and return next week with an Updates Post!

30 comments

  1. A writing course that sucks the fun out of writing sounds way too much like high school English. Don’t fall for the sunk cost fallacy. That is, don’t throw good time after bad pursuing this just because you started it.

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  2. I’m not sure what the best choice is, but no matter what, you have my support. And I wish you the best and believe in you, my friend. Hope the next module will be better!
    And Merlin is adorable! :).

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    • Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ The thought of not being free until September sucks, but part of me still hopes the course will get better. If there isn’t some improvement in the workshop group feedback I’m going to complain (much as I hate complaining!)
      Merlin’s such a sweetie! I was trying to watch Scorpion, and he moved to sit in front of my face ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Yeah, it’s not the best or most organised course! I’ve been talking to a few other students, one has already dropped out and one is considering it after this semester.
      Thanks, and will do, writing (at least when I can write what I want to write!) is the one thing I’m still enjoying ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Do you need the degree as a credential, Louise? Or perhaps for validation as a writer? Both of those are good reasons to grit it out and finish, but it seems a shame to have to turn something you enjoy into something that you dislike. I dropped out of an MA program in English … and went back and completed it **14 years later**, which shows that taking a break doesnโ€™t have to mean never finishing. LOL! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Good questions, I think it might help me get into editing, as my BA is in History rather than English, so at the moment I’m leaning towards sticking it out. Part of me is still tempted to drop out and come back to it later, but I think if I did that I might never finish it ๐Ÿ˜†

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  4. What does getting the degree get you? Does it allow you to teach? Open other professional doors?

    If not, I would think through why you originally started the course and if it makes sense to continue. Only you can answer that.

    But if you aren’t learning… I look back at 3/4 of my college classes and shake my head. But I had to have them to be able to even apply for jobs in my field because I had to have the degree. So I get it.

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    • Thanks for the advice ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’ll help me get into editing, as I have a BA in History and the only English qualifications I have are my high school ones. It’s probably worth continuing, despite my frustrations!
      I felt the same way in college, but at least I enjoyed the reading more ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Hey! Quite impressed with your creative writing degree.
    Am I taking to a writer in making?? I had had my share of โ€œwriting sucksโ€ while working on my thesis. It happens.
    But I would really wish if you could share some of your reading lists provided by your instructor. It might give me a tailored material for โ€˜what to read to help improvise creative writing skillsโ€™.

    P.s. I write too, sometimes .๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜‡

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