boy named sue
May 2, 2006, 4:18 PM
Post #61 of 316
ok, this may be a huge shot in the dark...but are there any phd people floating around out there? i'm wondering if anyone has any insight to offer regarding trying to write while completing a PhD (espcially one in a completely unrelated field).
i know phds are time- and energy-intensive, and my particular field is going to involve more-than-normal-amounts of coursework and a lot of lab-type research. so, if there's anyone who's tried to maintain his/her writing during this process, i'd love to hear how you did it. did you keep a reading/writing schedule, or did you just squeeze it in when you had a chance? how difficult was it? how much did your productivity (and maybe even creativity) suffer?
also -- another shot in the dark, is there anyone interested in a research/academic career (again, field unrelated to writing/literature)? i'm just curious about how, if i decide to do an mfa after the phd, it will affect me to have basically a two year gap.
and this is probably a belated consideration, given that i already made my decision, but what about the order in which you do the degrees? i know i would get different, and hopefully better, things out of the mfa if my writing matures more, but i'm worried that it may not improve at all, given the amount of time phd students are expected to put in. any thoughts?