I started a new class at our local college tonight. I could feel that nervous energy as I was packing up my notebook, pens and highlighter into my book bag. I was anxious and excited at the same time. Why you might ask? If you’re anyone who knows me I get in moods where I just like to take random classes that “might” interest me. Usually they end up being a ton or work and really not all that interesting.
I was looking through the degree sheets at our community college and actually saw an Associates Degree in Creative Writing. Wow, I couldn’t believe it. I’ve got about three years of school and no actual degree. It’s one of my regrets that I have. I want the stinking piece of paper showing that I completed something…
I just got home from the class and I loved it. It’s kind of cool being around other people who want to write. The class is done like a workshop. We work on our fiction story or one we have in our mind. We print it out and all the other students write comments all over it and basically critique it. I know this is a powerful tool and although it can be tough, it’s needed to grow as a writer. We also have about 30 other writing assignments.
Tonight, he had a girl pull a random book out of her bag, open it up and with her eyes closed just point at a sentence. I think it was a dictionary. This is the sentence:
“The sun is warm, the sky is clear, the waves are dancing fast and bright”.
We have to write a 500-word story with a beginning, middle and end. We will then read them in class next week. I know the purpose is to see how the stories are all so different and I know this will be a fun class. It will also get us a little more comfortable in class with that “whole talking out loud.”
I think my story idea that I will be playing around with throughout the class is the Elvis one I posted about recently. I actually verbalized it out loud and the whole class started laughing, even the teacher. He said, “I like it.” I don’t know if it can be a novel maybe a short story, we’ll just have to see I guess. Time will tell.
The assignment for next week I just keeping seeing the next line being something like – “and all I hear is the theme to the movie “Jaws” blaring in my head.”
You always put a smile on my face when I read what you write. I love how you like a challenge. Looking forward to reading something good
next week.You will do well with this class, I have no doubt about this.
Great…great…great…you are expanding and growing. Can’t wait to hear more about your class. It sounds perfect! And I want to read your Elvis story too! You go Girl!
sounds like the perfect calss for you, nothing like being excited about something in your life. You are so lucky to have a passion and be good at it. Life is all about just having a good time whatever you do.