Saturday, February 12, 2011

Second thoughts

So I might have been to hard on Writers Digest last time, I think I was feeling frustrated at the slow and leisurely pace, the lack of communication, but truthfully I wasn't engaging that much with the class either. I'm not sure what I was expecting from the class, but I am gaining knowledge and growing as a writer. Isn't that the point of taking any class? to gain knowledge, to grow? If it is and I think that's what I was looking for then I am getting what I paid for.

As for my book - it is coming along nicely. I can't say enough good things about Donald Maass or his book Writing the Breakout Novel. If you listen and try to do the exercises your writing seems to fall logically into place, if you have the talent and the desire to write and what you want to write is novels that people read, then this is the book.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Writers Digest University Sucks

So I'm in week three of my class, the first week seemed to be going well, except I thought it was odd that the teacher only had 5 students and didn't really have anything to say to any of us, she doesn't respond to questions posed to her and does not seem open to interaction at all. As for the lessons, well they are very good, but only because of the textbook which I already owned so why did I pay $300 dollars for them to post lessons that I already have and then ignore my responses. It is now Wednesday night of the third week and no response on my last assignment, wouldn't I want to have that fairly quickly so I can incorporate her great teachings into the next session? The work is good though at least I am making progress on my own. I guess I will just have to work harder for myself and leave the classwork for those with more money than ideas.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

stretching my wings

Into the second week of class now, things are going well. I have found that my class work pales in comparison to my writing, but nothing I can do about that you are given one week to do the work and I do the best I can. I do feel my story is taking shape now and I am confident in not only telling its story but telling a compelling sotry. I am happy.