A bit of a let down. Unfairly harsh on real MFAs and tried to do way too much in too short a book. Ended up covering too many topics with no real depth. The number of times you are offered bonus materials (which should have been in the book) if you join her e mail list was annoying as were too many forced acronyms. I quite liked her application of the scientific method to writing styles but that was not enough to carry this book.
As far as instructional-type books go, this one is surprisingly engaging and reader friendly. I especially liked the section on reading. If you've ever thought about getting in an MFA program, this is definitely worth a read. I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything after reading this. 🤓
This book gives encouragement and the nudge that you need to write. I made myself read it because I stopped myself from writing. I felt like my work was terrible. No matter how hard I tried it was not good enough. Yes, I can say that I wanted to give up. The reality is that I could not. It‘s in my blood and under my skin. I am a writer and have always been one. #diymfa #gabrielapereira
Like this! I have always used "perfect practice makes perfect," but this is so much more the point.
Okay, I went to the website she mentions and it is seriously fun. I love prompts and this is a fun generator. Diymfa.com/writer-igniter
I've been reading this book in small bites, and thankfully whenever I open it I find something truthful, funny, or inspiring.
😂 seeing this written in this way just made my day.
Seriously? So much wisdom in this book! I wish I had adopted this particular mindset years ago!
I'm really enjoying DIY MFA, and I love what she says here, because it's so true! I'm expecting and buying a house right now - of course my writing life has taken a hit. I feel like it's OK that I haven't met all of my summer writing goals, although I wish I had come to that conclusion on my own.
I have to admit, part of me would love to go get an MFA in writing. But, the thought of all the debt is scary enough to make me reconsider and read this instead. So far, I think it's really informative.
DIY MFA 101 takes you step-by-step through cultivating an idea, a work ethic, and a finished piece. You keep coming back to it. Finish one project with the book by your side and begin another with the book still by your side.