ADVICE NEEDED: TO REGISTER OR NOT TO REGISTER

Look, I know I sang the song of independence just a few posts ago, but I need some advice. No that’s a lie. I need someone to make a decision for me.

In one way or another I’ve always tinkled a bit with pen on paper. But in the last few years I’ve grown more serious about my writing habit. The problem is, there are two big problems: 1) I don’t have writing talent oozing out of my eyeballs. And 2) English is not my native tongue, so at school and at home I was never exposed to the literary greats of Les Anglais. (And clearly I have no future in French…)

Over the last few years I’ve taken a short course or two to develop some skills or just to engage in the practice of writing. But 2020 brought with it residential incarceration which led to severe over-thinking which led to the idea of doing a proper degree in creative writing and English literature.

I applied to a local university.

Ah grand! Just do the thang! you say? Well, the severe over-thinking led to terminal-levels of over-thinking. So here are the cons keeping me from registering…

  1. I work long hours already. Do I have time?
  2. I’ve been trained enough. What I SHOULD be doing is putting caboose to chair and just write. Stop dilly-dallying.
  3. Studying man…it’s as much fun as drowning.

Then don’t register, you say? Here be my replies…

  1. I work long hours already. I HATE that my life has become my day-job. One of my greatest fears is that one day I’ll die having done only my day job. I wanna be more than just so-and-so, lecturer in law.
  2. I’ve been trained enough. What I SHOULD be doing is putting caboose to chair and just write. Uh…valid argument. But I want to type something in italics here…
  3. Studying man…it’s as much fun as drowning. Ah come on! Not to quote Natalie Portman, but while studying is shitty, learning is breath-taking.

In the final analysis, this is it: learn about writing vs writing.

Will studying make my writing better?

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