life, writing

The Assignment Zone

I’ve been deep into assignments for the last week – have just yesterday handed in the first, and am attempting to clear my head of culture and counselling, and switch to family therapy. It’s a big shift, actually, and despite having read everything I needed to for the new assignment, do you think I can remember any of it? I think this has confirmed once and for all that as much as I love to call myself a multitasker, when it comes to the big things – assignments, stories, novels – I work far better in a focused approach, tackling one thing at a time.

Academic writing is a lot different to creative writing. I can bang out 500 words of fiction in 10 minutes, but it might take me an hour to do the same on an essay. While there can be a lot of research involved in writing fiction, you never have to stop to make sure you’ve referenced the right source. And the editing! Ack. I find it much easier to let my work flow in fiction, I always fear my academic writing comes across as stilted, though I guess in some ways it’s meant to be that way 😉

I have one week to write this next assignment, and then I get to take a little break from the academic stuff and get back to my novel. I’m seriously looking forward to that, and now, more than ever, pleased that the year is moving quickly and I can count down the months until I’m no longer a student, and writing can take up more time and space in my life.

Bring on October!!


4 thoughts on “The Assignment Zone”

  1. I feel your pain. I wish I could crank out words for essays as easily as I can for fiction. Congrats on getting it done – you’re one assignment closer to never having to write another one! 🙂

    1. I’d love to say ‘never’ but I just know at some point I will study again! Hopefully not until the kids are all much older though. How many left for you? 5 for me, soon to be 4!

      1. To finish this semester, 2. One of which I’m working on right now. If I continue afterwards, more (I don’t even want to think about it!).

        I love learning, but I don’t think I need to be doing it through uni all the time. So it won’t be “The End” for me either, but it’d be nice to do something a little less pressured (after a nice break).

  2. Academic writing is very different. It isn’t something we are passionate about. We do it because we have to. I cant wait for you to have more creative writing time.

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