Do or do not

The choice of whether to continue with my Masters degree boils down to ego. When I started the Master of Arts I was specialising in biological anthropology. I learned how to read bones, I learned who is ancestor and who is not, I can tell the difference between a marsupial and a placental mammal, I can even recognise certain pathologies in bones. I loved university, I love anthropology, but I knew all along what I really wanted to do was write, which is why I switched from a degree in anthropology to a degree in professional writing. Yet,  although I don’t practice as a forensic or biological anthropologist I learned more about writing (and myself) during my “science” years than I have from the actual writing courses I subsequently took, and that is a mighty trick considering I was writing and reading mostly dry academic papers and learning how to be hyper-critical. I won’t be returning to the Arts degree this year and it is only my ego that will suffer. It’s time to get on with the business of being a writer. I remind myself once again of Master Yoda’s very wise words: “Do or do not . . . there is no try”.


About Sharon

Writer, bibliophile, dreamer and student of everything
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6 Responses to Do or do not

  1. jenniferneri says:

    Ok. I am new to this blog, but I am hope it’s ok if I comment on this subject. I also have a degree in science. I think that I found the perfect balance with writing: there are so many technicalities in writing (the craft part), while the creation is the artistic part. It’s perfect!
    I hope you find it so too!

    • Hi Jennifer
      Your comments are welcome and appreciated. I’m interested to know what your specialty in science is and if you think it improved your writing skills?

      • jenniferneri says:

        I have msc in biochemistry, a bsc in cell and molec biology.
        Do I think it improved my writing skills? Well, I can say that it gave me the courage to write. It also enabled to have the dedication that is needed. I know how to research properly, be it for my novels or for publications and querying. It also gave me the ability to look at my work analytically and not just creatively. It also gave me a broader sense of ingenuity and dissection.
        Thanks for that question – I never thought about it until now!

        • Jennifer
          Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me on your education, both scientifically and as a writer. If anything, university teaches us to think forensically. That’s the most important thing I walked away with – the desire to question everything.

  2. drtombibey says:

    Ms Sharon,

    Maybe you are like me: an artist brain trapped in a scientist body. (or maybe the opposite who knows)

    Dr. B

    • Dr B
      About a month ago I fooled around with some online “thinking” tests and discovered that I am right brain dominant which apparently means I am a random thinker rather than logical, intuitive rather than rational and a few other less than flattering things. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can lay claim to being either wholly artistically or scientifically minded. I think I have a little Stephen Hawking on my left shoulder and a little Escher on my right. Sometimes I listen to Hawking, sometimes Escher.

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