I love Reading Like a Writer. Author Francine Prose writes, “I would conduct a reading seminar for MFA students who wanted to be writers rather than scholars, which meant that it was all right for us to fritter away our time talking about books rather than politics or ideas.”
I have four more classes to attend to complete a masters program. Unlike an MFA, many of my fellow students are striving to be scholars and more than a few don’t like to write. Our professors are often requesting us to write, and to do so academically. I think this last might be why so many don’t like to write.
Throughout the degree program, I have grown increasingly vociferous over my dislike for scholarly writing. Most of the professors have allowed me to write in my “regular” voice. A few have penalized me. I take the hits when and where they come.
I plan to check Google to see how old Francine is. If still of working age, I want to find out where she is teaching so I can enroll. Then I remind myself I am only on page ten. Is it possible to love a book and only be on page ten?