When it came to learning how to write a book, I just had to start writing books and figure it out on my own. Poems were of no use, nor were my teachers. I learned my most important lesson about writing pretty quickly:
not having an outline = writer's block
I know an author who can write books without an outline and she just follows the plot where it goes, but I can't do this AT ALL.
"No fate but what we make"- Sarah Connor, Terminator 2
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.
My college cost $30,000/year. Some of it was covered in grants and scholarships and I worked all the way through to cover both the student's and parents' part of the tuition. But I still graduated with over $25,000 in loan debt.
And promptly got a job that paid $6 an hour. * winces again *
There was such a stigma in my high school about going to junior college for two years before transferring to a state school. Only morons did that! Well, those 'morons' didn't spend their twenties and early thirties drowning in debt like I did. My diploma is printed on more expensive cardstock than theirs, but other than that, I can't say what benefit I received from attending a fancier school. Got played for a fool, this panda.
This Panda Follower got played a fool too. Only I have (currently) $50,000 in student loans (sadly, I went to a state school, then a junior college, then a private university to get my bachelors) and STILL going to school (working on my Master's courtesy of my employer).
Primal since March 5, 2012
SW: 221 | PSW: 217 | LPW: 183 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)
I'm sorry that you skipped creative writing class over poetry! But I totally understand. When I was 11, I went to a place billed as a "Writing Camp". We were supposed to write short stories for the summer and it seemed like heaven until I got there. The teacher announced that she liked poetry better than short stories, so that would be our focus.
Week after week we wrote poems, with an emphasis on haikus. It was awful.
I need to try an outline. I like to write, even if for my own edification (I have no illusions of being a novelist or anything) but using the write it as I go approach I always fizzle out/get bored/move on to other things. Generally it is "Huh, this started well but where the f*ck am I going with it?" It would be nice to finish a work of some length just to know I could do it.
"Corn syrup is everywhere; check your pockets."
"Stop this brownie talk, you devils!" - Sabine
once upon a time i thought about being a writer. now i honestly hate writing (but i love reading others' work) so i'm happy that i never made any commitments there. i cannot stand poetry; even really "good" poetry is only mildly pleasing. I hate to be cliche, but i love that a good novel can transport me somewhere else.
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