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Went to my creative writing class this evening. Looks like it's going to be pretty fun. We're going to be developing a short story as well as writing some poetry in class. My attempts at poetry have always been amusing, but not because I was trying to write a humorous story. Oh well, at least I have no where to go but up with that part of my writing.

I had a quick discussion with my professor after class and my one concern was confirmed. NO genre writing. No fantasy, no noir, definitely no science fiction stories. As I suspected, he's looking for either mainstream fiction or "literary" fiction. Oh well, it might be fun to try and stretch some other writing muscles than the ones I've been using the past couple of years.

He handed out the syllabus tonight also. I've got a ton of reading coming due this week. It's a lot better after the initial tidal wave, but between this class and my Monday night class, I've got about 300 pages to read between now and next Monday. Thank goodness I'm a fairly quick reader. If I can just survive the first couple of weeks in class, it should become manageable by the end of the month. It's a good thing I got as much writing done on Dragon Couchant as I have. It may be a while before I can spend "dedicated" time to it again.


But, since we got out of class early tonight, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and write tonight. I added 2666 words to Chapter Five tonight. At least we're finishing January on a good note.

Current CSD: Dragon Couchant status:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
20,004 / 95,000


( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Feb. 1st, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
NO genre writing.


Because, y'know, it's not like that's real writing....
Feb. 1st, 2006 09:51 am (UTC)
What's the teacher's credentials? How is the class better than reading Swain, McKee and SL Viehl's new book?

Re no genre: You could use the class to practice characterisation and soft bits, I suppose.
Feb. 2nd, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
The instructor has primarily been published in literary magazines as well as having written a few plays. He admits writing genre fiction is not his strong point.

The class is better because it's a credit toward a degree, which will help with promotions at work, etc.

I figure it's sorta like exercise. I'll use my "other" writing muscles for this class. I was going to use the writing assignments to work on things like descriptions, characterization and things I might not write about given my druthers. Then again, I had to write stuff I wouldn't normally write when I was a journalism student also, because that's what the instructor wanted to see.

I'm finding college is about being flexible . . . not unlike writing.
Feb. 2nd, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
Given that it's part of a college degree, I think you're laughing.
(BTW When you've got a moment, please drop by my LJ and help me with my world building!)
Feb. 1st, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
I don't get it. Is this a literature class or a creative writing class? 300 pages before Monday sounds to me like it's the former and not the latter.
Feb. 2nd, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
My Monday night class is "Intro to Fiction/Poetry/Drama" and that's about half the reading assignment. The Tuesday night class is the "Creative Writing" class. The bulk of the reading for next week's class is on "critical reviewing techniques".

I'll know more about it when I actually open the books tomorrow night. (I hope).
( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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