I’ve completed my writing course a couple of weeks ago. I enjoyed it and I miss it. I did “dread” the weekly deadlines to write a 3 to 4 page story highlighting certain elements (e.g. dialogue, detail, mood…). Sometimes I couldn’t figure out what to write. But I always managed to write something. What I found interesting was no matter how different my stories were, the instructor felt it was the same narrator. She thought my stories were intertwined.
The class was small and that meant there was more time for us to ask questions. It worked out well. The instructor was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The readings she handed out were very useful and illustrated the themes of each lesson. She gave us some very good tips and advice.
One thing I wasn’t used to was reading my story to others and listening to other stories. I was always nervous. The instructor told us that when we’re editing our stories, read them out loud. Focus on the sounds and rhythm. Sometimes a short sentence might work better. Perhaps we want to use hard consonants to emphasize a point. We read a passage where there was a series of short sentences. The sounds of the sentences mirrored the passage of a man, in chains, walking down the hall.
There were days when I would spend hours writing and revising my story instead of focusing on my job search. I justified that by telling myself it was a good investment of my time. *rolls eyes* I was glad to take the course. It was a last minute decision because of the cost. But it was worth it. I have a lot better appreciation of the craft of writing.