Aug 1, 2010, 10:23 PM
Post #150 of 172
I appreciate this thread. I'm not what I would call "old" - 37 years. After many false starts and recovering from a few personal setbacks, I've been maneuvering my life into position to be able to take writing very seriously for the next year or two; this in order to get up a body of work that feels right and powerful to me (if it's in me at all, that is... which I plan to find out over the next stretch of time).
Re: [ericweinstein] Age of students
I've realized recently that I am just not going to make the January 2011 deadlines for the writing programs. I simply don't have the kind of work I want yet. I will keep going on it and possibly submit in January 2012, for a fall 2012 start. I feel like I need that time to try it on my own first, without the pressure of a program or deadlines. I'm not even sure if I want to enter a program yet, honestly. The cost and need of it, I doubt sometimes. But I also see how great it could be for someone starting out. I have known friends who went through programs; most loved it, of course. I'm definitely not anti-MFA. But I already have previous school debt. As well, as I said, I'd like to test myself out for a bit more, see what I can do alone first. I might not even want to go the MFA route by the end of that time.
So, my question is, does this make sense to anyone? If anyone has been in my particular shoes at my age, and has any constructive advice or insight, it'd be nice to hear it. I'm rather unsure right now about almost everything, except the feeling that I need to/have to do this, something which has long been present. The details about how to go about it are the only aspects that confuse me. Thanks beforehand for any help.