Writing Again!

The semester has ended, for what it’s worth. If I had to give a grade to Naropa for the Fall semester it would have been an A+, and for this semester a C. I guess that comes to a B average which isn’t bad, but the kind of writing I am doing didn’t seem to get a lot of support.

Toward the end of the semester I was considering transferring to another MFA program. I just wasn’t getting what I wanted from The Jack Kerouac School.

The last month I talked with Bhanu Kapil and Indira Ganesan about it. Bhanu gave me some very helpful insights. She helped me realize that I was wanting to transfer to a program that would focus on my strength’s rather than challenge my weaknesses. That’s not how I like to do things. During my undergrad I chose to study Engineering because my math score had been too low.

Indira told me that she too had considered transferring from her MFA program half way through. Graduate study is lonely, she said, and writing is even lonelier. It’s normal to feel unsupported at times. She encouraged me to maintain my daily writing practice and to read writers I was interested in.

So I’m going to stick it out. And I’ve started writing again. I’m working on a novel. I’m writing six pages a day and have 30 pages so far. It feels good to be writing.

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