My creative writing dissertation is due 4 weeks tomorrow. Eek!
It's not going badly, but the next few weeks will be hard work. My stories will be redrafted as much as I can stand. My essay will have stuff added to it, because it's on the short side. I will read as much as possible to help the story drafting and essay.
The main problem is I have a terrible awareness of how little I know. My research has led to me finishing with a longer reading list than I started with - not including the books I've read. It's good in a way, because I need to write even more stories after I hand in my dissertation, to turn the dissertation into a full collection of linked Gothic stories and to submit. Knowing my next step is reassuring.
On the other hand... I know NOTHING!
There are so many authors I need to read and learn from; so many hours of writing practice I need to put in. I want my dissertation to be as good as I can make it and there's so much to cram in. I keep repeating the word 'so'. Hope I don't do that in my dissertation.
I have to remind myself that the Creative Writing MA is just one leg of my journey. A long, arduous drive up a motorway with no rest stops, but still only part of the whole. Whatever the result - good or bad - it won't be as important as what I've already learnt or what comes next.