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Like a fish out of water

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I have been at uni for a week now and can I just say how glad I am I decided to go part time? Two classes a week is more than enough given the amount of work required for both. We have readings each week for both classes, an essay for each unit, creative exercises of 600 words for one of the units every week and a short story for each of the units. It feels like way more work than what I did for my Masters in psychology!

I am feeling a bit like a fish out of water.

Don’t get me wrong — I am enjoying it. But I’m also feeling a little lost. For both the units, we do a lot of workshopping. Creative writers out there probably know what I am talking about — each person reads out a creative piece and everyone offers comments on what is good and what can be improved. I haven’t yet had to workshop any of my pieces but I notice that I find it a bit hard to critique others’ pieces too. When I hear pieces that don’t really speak to me, I just put it down to my preference of writing rather than something the author has done.

The other downside I’m finding is that I am not as widely read especially when it comes to classics. So when people talk about how someone’s writing reflects some other classic, I’m completely and utterly lost. I find myself wondering whether I am capable of being in the class. Whether I even should be in the class.

And then, I remind myself why I am doing it all.

To learn.

It’s going to take me a lot of courage to workshop my own material. But there’s no avoiding it. That much I know.

So while I do feel like a fish out of water, I’m just going to have to swim outside it anyway!

When was the last time you felt like this?

Do share!

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Bikram
    6 August 2014 at 1:36 am

    I know the feeling spent the last 2+ years feeling like tht .. especially since my beard has gone all white he he he he I felt OLD tooo .. but it is worth doing it ..
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      6 August 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Oh I’m not one of the oldest Bikram…there are definitely a few older than me and probably a few around my age. πŸ™‚ Thankfully! πŸ˜€ But yeah, I agree, it’s worth doing it…

  • Bikram
    6 August 2014 at 1:36 am

    I know the feeling spent the last 2+ years feeling like tht .. especially since my beard has gone all white he he he he I felt OLD tooo .. but it is worth doing it ..
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      6 August 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Oh I’m not one of the oldest Bikram…there are definitely a few older than me and probably a few around my age. πŸ™‚ Thankfully! πŸ˜€ But yeah, I agree, it’s worth doing it…

  • simple girl
    6 August 2014 at 2:53 pm

    you know, I can understand that you feel lost, but then you have come such a long way so far and you would definitely sail through .. what I envy is the class you talk about.. I wish I could do it … πŸ™‚
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  • simple girl
    6 August 2014 at 2:53 pm

    you know, I can understand that you feel lost, but then you have come such a long way so far and you would definitely sail through .. what I envy is the class you talk about.. I wish I could do it … πŸ™‚
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  • Soumya
    6 August 2014 at 3:36 pm

    You will learn to swim out of water soon πŸ™‚

    Its so awesome you are continuing your studies even after your masters. Great going and all the best! πŸ™‚
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      6 August 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks Soumya…learning is life long I reckon. πŸ™‚ I was missing uni but obviously psych wasn’t what I wanted to study. Glad I found a course I’d like to do…

  • Soumya
    6 August 2014 at 3:36 pm

    You will learn to swim out of water soon πŸ™‚

    Its so awesome you are continuing your studies even after your masters. Great going and all the best! πŸ™‚
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      6 August 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks Soumya…learning is life long I reckon. πŸ™‚ I was missing uni but obviously psych wasn’t what I wanted to study. Glad I found a course I’d like to do…

  • J.Gi Federizo
    6 August 2014 at 5:07 pm

    “When was the last time you felt like this?”

    Right now. I’m supposed to something that’s probably supposed to be easy but, for the life of me, it doesn’t seem to work and I’m getting so frustrated….!!!!
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    6 August 2014 at 5:07 pm

    “When was the last time you felt like this?”

    Right now. I’m supposed to something that’s probably supposed to be easy but, for the life of me, it doesn’t seem to work and I’m getting so frustrated….!!!!
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  • nabanita
    6 August 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I feel like it every time I join a new project … But what you are feeling is more special because you care about what you are doing and I simply don’t care about my projects…But don’t worry I’m sure you’ll do well…
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  • nabanita
    6 August 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I feel like it every time I join a new project … But what you are feeling is more special because you care about what you are doing and I simply don’t care about my projects…But don’t worry I’m sure you’ll do well…
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  • PeeVeeβ„’
    7 August 2014 at 7:24 pm

    There is something about the way you go about doing stuff in your life, making decisions… just being you, that makes me guilty (in a positive way) that I’m not doing anything worthwhile in my life.

    And I’m sure workshopping your work will be just fine because you are far braver than you give yourself credit for.

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    7 August 2014 at 7:24 pm

    There is something about the way you go about doing stuff in your life, making decisions… just being you, that makes me guilty (in a positive way) that I’m not doing anything worthwhile in my life.

    And I’m sure workshopping your work will be just fine because you are far braver than you give yourself credit for.

  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    7 August 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I think I’d be feeling much the same Sanch!
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    7 August 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I think I’d be feeling much the same Sanch!
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  • Uma
    7 August 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I can somehow relate to what you say, Sanch. I recently joined a forum where creative writers would critique other’s work and provide useful tips for improvement. I found it difficult to critique pieces that I couldn’t connect to. Most of the works there were really good and some even esoteric if I may add. I did wonder what I was doing there feeling quite at the bottom of the rung.
    Like you said, we are there to learn, so we should put aside any thoughts of self-doubt and plunge single-minded into learning and benefit from the more experienced.
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    7 August 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I can somehow relate to what you say, Sanch. I recently joined a forum where creative writers would critique other’s work and provide useful tips for improvement. I found it difficult to critique pieces that I couldn’t connect to. Most of the works there were really good and some even esoteric if I may add. I did wonder what I was doing there feeling quite at the bottom of the rung.
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