I’ve started an online writing class. With the exception of a poetry writing class I took in college (in which I learned only that I am not a poet), I have never had any focused training in writing. Of course, I’ve read lots of books on the topic, but reading is not the same as writing. On that point though, here are a few of my favorite books on the topic:
I’ve been waiting quite some time for the return of a course called Beginning Fiction Writing. Unfortunately, that class hasn’t come around this year so I am a student in The Beginning Writer. I had initially thought this would be a snore, but so far I’m learning things. I’m a beginning writer after all. This week we’ve focused on detail and description and I am happy that I have done more than read the lessons, I have completed the assignments. Instead of reading about writing, I am actually writing.