Oh hell, one of my writerly friends (https://angela10551.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/the-hedgehog-goes-to-school/comment-page-1/#comment-121) inspired me again. Several weeks ago,(actually around 2.5, but who’s counting) I began a Fiction Writing class (no, it was absolutely NOT free, not like Angela’s ::pouting::) at Gotham Writers in New York City. Nothing like diving head first into the uber-competitive waters. Well, nothing ventured nothing gained, right?
I’ve now had three, three-hour classes. Session 1: Character. Session: 2: Plot. Session 3: Point of View. All VERY valuable lessons for someone who has been told endlessly throughout her life what a good writer she is, and who has never attempted fiction before. And who has also never attempted to be trained as a writer. It’s effing hard. Really effing hard. I expected it wouldn’t be easy, but never expected this. Ah well, nothing ventured nothing gained, right?
This past Monday, I had to turn in a piece for critique by the class next week. I’d originally planned to submit something I’d worked on for hours, honed carefully. And then, on Sunday night, I decided I absolutely, positively had to rework it. With extensive dialog, so that I was showing and not telling. So I rewrote and, in the process, re-researched and submitted it on Monday, along with the homework assignment (write a scene of man against nature and don’t let the reader know who’s going to win until the end — if at all) and along with a critique of another classmates’ work. ::heavy sigh:: Have I mentioned it’s effing hard? Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
So, seven weeks from now, I will have completed my first formal writing class. I will hopefully have something close to a short story; possibly the first part (central part?) of a novella. I will have learned how to turn in work for critique and, hopefully, how to avoid being terrified about being critiqued. I will have read a lot of good writing. I will hopefully have WRITTEN a lot of good writing. Who knows, maybe something ventured, something gained, right?