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Iggi U and the DIY MFA

I mentioned the Iggi U DIY MFA the other day briefly, but thought it was time that I finally delve into it all a little deeper. Basically,  I signed up because it looked like it would help me get the most out of everything that’s related to my writing – the writing itself, the community, as well as what I read. To this end, we’ve been asked to take a look at what we want from our writing, and figure out how we can get there.

I haven’t been keeping up to date with all of it, though I’ve got plenty of little notes and to-do lists so far. The posts I’ve read have been inspiring though, and have helped me take another look at where I want to be headed. Ideally, more publication. I don’t think that’s ever going to change, there is always the desire to get more work out there, to move from selling short stories to selling novels.

Something I hadn’t considered though was my ‘Holy Grail‘ might be.

It’s a tricky one for me. I’ve spent most of my life making small plans, keeping things realistic. I’ve never seen the point in day dreaming too much – I think my happiness is grounded in the fact that I choose goals that stretch me, but that are achievable. This is part of how I create success for myself, so asking what my big dreams are is asking me to step outside my comfort zone.

So what would I wish for? I guess my holy grail would be to make enough money from my writing that it could be my only ‘job’, and to write novels that get turned into movies. How awesome would it be to go to the movies and see YOUR STORY up there on the screen? Yeah. I want that.

We were also asked to look at how we want to spend our writing time for the DIY MFA. I think Gabi’s pie chart is pretty much where I would like to see my own time allocated, but the difference between where my time is spent at the moment and where I would like it to be is a bit skewed – it’s SO much easier to read, and blog and chat with other writers than it is to actually write at the moment. That has got to change.

I’ve been thinking about how I can split things up better, and the first step is to spend more time writing. How am I going to achieve that though? The plan goes something like this…. in the mornings when I check my email, also check blogs and comment. Once that’s done for the day, don’t go back! (Unless of course it’s to post my own). That takes care of the community side of things. Then, when I get a space during the day, WRITE. Any time I have a few free minutes, WRITE. If there is time when Lauren is napping that Natalie is not, then I’ll read through other peoples work and do some critique (in the grizzly periods that is, when she should be sleeping lol otherwise I’ll be far too busy chatting to her to do anything else). Anything that still needs doing by the time Hubby gets home will be worked in around other things, and finally, I’ll read before bed.

Gosh, I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

But, I’ve done some downsizing, and that should mean more free time. I’ve deleted every application and game I was connected to on Facebook (EVIL facebook). I’m limiting the amount of television I watch during the day, and I’m being fully present with the kids when they are active. I really wish there were more hours to spare, but we must make do with what we have 🙂

Maybe I should write a story about finding more time in the day sometime….

Anyway. The final thing I wanted to talk about in regards to the MFA, is reading lists. I’m still trying to figure out what exactly I should put on mine. It refers to my current WIP, but I’m not really sure what I’d call that – my short stories? Which novel or novella? I write predominantly speculative fiction, often with a dark bent. If you have any recommendations I would love to hear them. I’m very much out of date, so some contemporary suggestions would be great, as well as classics.

I think it’s a wonderful way to structure your reading, but I really don’t know where to start.

Signing off for now. As per my post, the kids are both sleeping and so I must write.

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4 thoughts on “Iggi U and the DIY MFA”

  1. I need to begin purging all of the distracting junk out of my life again. For a while it was all gone, and I found so much extra time available. Little by little, the damn things have finagled their way back into my free time to the point I have none. Maybe I should give facebook the final kiss of death, but I just can’t do it.

    Sigh.

    Best of luck!

    1. I can’t either! too many friends on there. I like keeping up to date with family etc, but avoid pretty much everything else – too much of a time sink.

      I think de-cluttering is something we have to do on a regular basis as well. Whenever we do cut stuff, more stuff comes in!

  2. Thanks for the links to those posts. I think I need to go read them! I’ve been pairing down my reader and trying to eliminate as much computer time as possible. My phone is what gets me though 🙂 That and working on a “job” that is sucking my energy. Good luck! I like your holy grail…i hope you get your wish.

    1. Working a job that sucks your energy is definitely detrimental to pretty much every area of your life – I hope you find a way to resolve that! I am so glad my phone is super basic, lol means I’m not tempted to start using it for cool things (though, I am getting a much cooler one in the near future and I am sure I’ll be tempted….).
      Thanks for the luck! Who knows what the future might hold right? Hope you find some helpful information in the links when you get a chance to check them out.

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