It's been eight years since I graduated from my MFA program, and I've probably learned more about the world of writing in those eight years than I did in the program itself. At the very least, I've certainly learned more about myself as a writer since graduation.
I'm not saying I didn't learn anything in my program because I did. I learned a tremendous amount about the craft of writing. However, it's the things I didn't learn regarding how to be a struggling writer that have surprised me the most. And so, here are five things I wish I could go back and tell my younger MFA self to help prepare me for our writing life after graduation: