Finally! I thought as I enrolled in the creative writing course I'd had my eye on for months. I'd passed the prerequisites, I'd been writing for seven or eight years, and I was ready for feedback on my writing from an academic standpoint. I figured I'd been around long enough that I wasn't going to learn anything earth-shattering.
I was wrong.
My eyes were opened to writing in a way that I had not been writing before. I had metaphors emerge in my short stories. I developed characters to another level. I wrote with more purpose. I received feedback bordering on profound.
Maybe it was just me and the point I was at in my writing "career" that this course held so much meaning for me. Maybe I tried a little harder because I was receiving a grade. Maybe it really was that good of a course lol.
Having all the information I needed in an organized way and being required to use the information to produce something specific was enlightening and incredibly instructive compared to my usual fumbling about. I do so much reading on how to write, it becomes overwhelming to try to keep track of what I've learned. There's plenty of great advice out there, and I still scour the internet for information I can apply to my writing, but this course was everything I needed all in one place. And I have the notes all in one place.
You really never know what might inspire you, and I was definitely inspired. To the point where I would love to enroll full time and complete an honours degree in creative writing.
Good luck with that! I need to work. Full time.
It is possible, but it sure wouldn't be easy. But the hardest things are the best, right?