PhD or Novel? Find Your Passion. Or Is It an Addiction?
When I was younger, I accumulated two Masters degrees plus some additional credits beyond that. One of my degrees was a Masters in Business Administration; the other was a Masters of Science in Education. I worked on Wall Street for a decade and during that time no one asked me if I intended to get a doctorate. It had no added value. When my children were young, I returned to education as a teacher. I was secure enough, both financially and in myself to leave the glitz of Wall Street behind (highly overrated) so that I could have a schedule that was in sync with my children. As a teacher, many colleagues asked if I intended to pursue a doctorate. My answer was that I could not imagine having the time to research and write the required dissertation.
Now several years later, I have a completed manuscript, Dark Dealings, approximately 86,000 words, and two other WIPs, Dark Moon, the sequel to Dark Dealings, and Ogham Court, based on minor characters from Dark Dealings. It has involved more words and only slightly less research than would have been needed to complete a doctorate.
It sounds corny but you have to find your passion. When you do, you will find time. It may only be an hour three times a week. In the beginning you may only manage 1000-1500 words a week. But you will do it because you cannot dismiss it as easily as I did the doctorate. I could not stop writing now.
Hello everyone, my name is Karen and I’m a writer.