Wednesday, October 15, 2008

To MA or not to MA?

Longer-term readers here will know that I had a plan for my writing career which went something like this...finish my 'accidental' OU Open degree with the Advanced Creative Writing course then try to get a place on a Creative Writing MA, all whilst writing my 'blockbuster' novel.

Well of course I was at risk of overloading myself, especially whilst juggling so many other family things at the same time. I have studied almost continuously for the last four years and I think I might actually appreciate a break from academia. There are also a number of practical barriers to accessing an MA course at this stage of my life. Not totally impossible, but not easy.

So this week I have done some serious thinking and I have committed myself to the novel. I shall still be doing the OU course, which will be complementary, but for now the idea of an MA is on the backburner.

Finish the degree, finish the novel and the MA courses will still be out there. In fact there may be even more choice. But I wonder if I will still want to do one?

Three notable things:

1. Son 2 has started rock climbing with school. I would love to be a fly on the wall.

2. I did a very small charity 'audit' yesterday as a favour. I'm so glad I no longer work full-time in accountancy!

3. I'm very impressed with the look of Caroline's new venture, BubbleCow. I'm sure it will be a great success.


HelenMWalters said...

Good luck with the novel!

Jenny Beattie said...

Excellent news and as you say, the MA will still be there if you want it.

Jen said...

Having a break from studying and getting your novel finished sounds a really good idea. I'm in awe of your ability to get so much done, so efficiently.

When your novel is complete, you could write a 'how-to' book for people like me who want to become people like you?

Anne Brooke said...

I think that sounds eminently sensible - concentrate on the novel first, and then see how you feel afterwards. Enjoy!

Love & hugs


Sue Guiney said...

Your plan makes an awful lot of sense to me. Sometimes it's good to stop preparing and just dive in, right?

Casdok said...

I have often wondered how you juggle it all!

Yes oh to be a fly on the wall!

Cathy said...

How do I juggle it all? I just don't do much housework...

Anonymous said...

I think it's easy to overload ourselves with commitments. The novel will be a great success as will the course.

CJ xx

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Good plan. Sometimes you just have to write the damn book! Best of luck with it.