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!!


And so it begins

The University year has officially begun! Feels a bit odd, in a way. Reality is hitting, and I have barely had a chance to think about writing between trying to start the University year right, and other stuff going on at home – no time to think of it, let alone feel guilty that I’m not doing anything writing related. Which, I guess, might be a small blessing 😉

Hopefully it won’t take me too long to find my rhythm, and figure out what days are my best bet to fit writing into the mix. I’ve got to keep reminding myself that I , have to find time for it otherwise I will quickly become a cranky person, and we don’t want that. Trust me, it’s not pleasant for anyone if I go too long without playing with words.


Study goodness

one study guide, and my two textbooks for the year

The sheer giddiness when I opened my door to find not just the textbook I’d been waiting for, but also my first university package at around lunchtime yesterday was enough to make me devolve into a ridiculous fit of giggles.

I don’t know that everyone gets like this when their study stuff arrives, but it’s ALWAYS been this way for me. I can’t help but run my fingers over covers, and flick through the contents, smelling that new book goodness.

Last year I was deprived the joy of a paper version of the study guide, so this year I get the added benefit of being able to justify buying even more highlighters.


MMMMMM textbooks and stationary, and highlighting things.

If there is one thing I’ll miss about no longer studying, it is these things.  I know that fairly quickly that initial buzz of confidence I had upon first scan of the assignments will fade, and the sheer size of the course materials will begin to feel daunting, rather than delightful. But until then, I’m totally going to enjoy the buzz.

University doesn’t officially start until the 25th of the month, but as always, my brain wants to GO and get started RIGHT NOW. I’m going to try and finish off my editing before the temptation to dive into study gets too much, and hopefully the next set of course materials will arrive soon so that I can figure out what weeks are going to be dedicated to assignment writing.

Learning ftw!


University paper, complete!

I submitted my final essay yesterday morning, and then, just for kicks and because I was on a study high, I finished off my self-reflection exercises and submitted those as well – two weeks early! It felt amazing to have it all in. I’m fairly confident I’ll do well enough in the last essay to get a decent grade, and it feels like a huge achievement to actually finish off my very first post-grad paper.

And I am so pleased it’s done. I can now refocus on Burn and everything that will come after.

When I am in assignment mode I can’t write. I can’t even think of writing. There are too many facts and details in my head pertaining to the assignment and any other kind of writing pushes that information aside. I’ve given up on trying to multitask when an assignment is due, though next year I will need to be a bit more onto it than I was for this last one, which consumed me to the point where I couldn’t think beyond it’s due date.

Anyway, it’s in now 🙂 And I can breathe again. I can write again, and think again and read anything I want without fear of deleting important information.


I woke up this morning and for the first time in ages really wanted to write. I have opened Burn and started working on it, even though I’d told myself I was having the weekend off. I want to have it submitted before next weekend as we have a really busy one on. And I can’t wait to get back into reading Sun-Touched and forging ahead with plans for the rewrite.

Apparently, writing fiction and non-fiction simply don’t mix well for me. It’s one or the other, which means that I have until February to get through as much fiction as I can before Uni goes back! lol

I’m ready to admit that it’s October now.