Thursday, March 15, 2012

Getting Serious

Has anyone here thought about, or already completed, getting an MFA in creative writing? I think most deadlines for application are in January, so I'd have a year to think about this. But it's really weighing heavily on my mind. I do not think a person needs to have one to be a good writer, but it does help narrow the focus so that a writer can have time to read the best work, and to aspire to produce the best work. 15 credit hours would be set aside just for writing a thesis, which I believe would be a completed novel, or collection of short stories (both of which I've already done, ironically enough). Why, you ask then, would I care when I already have a book coming out? Good question. And I'm not getting any younger. Why am I considering this? I don't know. I guess just want to be the best writer I can be.

The other thing I'm considering, and it's almost as serious as an MFA, is this A to Z challenge. Probably gonna do it, but geez that thing is a tough gig. I did meet some really great people last year so it's totally worth it. And if I slip, then OH WELL. You guys can all do a shot when I miss a letter!  Happy April, *hiccup.*

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  1. I was on the fence for quite a while myself about the A to Z....oh well, I fell off the fence on the "yes" side. Hope it's not going to be a hard landing.

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    1. Good luck with it. At least we'll have each other to complain to when it gets tough!

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  2. I've thought about an MFA, but only for my own satisfaction. You're right. I don't think anyone needs one. But it would do all the things you spell out, as well as add a sense of accomplishment.

    But honestly, who among us in the real world has the time?

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    1. I know. The time thing (and being a parent) is what will determine this whole quest.

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  3. Amy - go for it - you answered your own question when you said you wanted to be the best writer you can be. Make the time. You can't get any better than that.
    PS - I loved your comment on Tom's site about Google Street View, Merris and Henry. Makes me laugh every time I think about it. I hate Google Street View as much as you do, but there's a brilliant story in there just waiting to get out.

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    1. It's something to think about, for sure!

      Glad I made you laugh. Wouldn't it be funny to catch the Google guy as he drove down the street?

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  4. You did great last year and I enjoyed reading all your posts.

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