SOL19: Starting Class

It’s Tuesday. Time for the Slice of Life Community found at Two Writing Teachers. Welcome the #2019SOLCommunity.

I find it hard to believe that January is half over. And yet I feel there is molasses in the movement of the days. It’s a bit strange as this is the first month that wasn’t lined up with sub jobs or a trip that Hubs and I planned.

Perhaps this is a good thing. It’s a time to nest, declutter (have you been watching Marie Kondo?), and enjoy what winter is all about. Enjoying the hygge.

Last week I wrote about my writing room and my OLW, IMAGINE. I’ve been imagining taking a writing class to provide structure and focus. This week the adventure begins.

I received word last Tuesday that the writing class I was waitlisted on had opened a spot. Did I still want to attend. Heck, YES! A chance to work with a local author whose writing I love? Absolutely.

Today I start at The Attic Institute taking Emily Whitman’s Writing Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel class. I will get to share my writing with eight new eyes and receive feedback. I get to be a student pursuing what I want to pursue.

I’m a bit nervous. I’m excited too. What if my writing sucks and makes no sense except to those in my writing group who have been with me from the beginnings ten years ago.

I must say the one thing that I took away from PRAIRIE FIRES by Caroline Fraser is that Laura Ingalls Wilder was close in age to me when she published The Little House on the Prairie series. Imagine that! (That said, the story reflects the very difficult and not cheerful life of LIW).

In addition to the class, I’m hunkering down and reading THE MAGIC WORD by Cheryl B. Klein and THE EMOTIONAL CRAFT of FICTION by Donald Maass. I’m reevaluating the emotional arc of my characters. It’s time to really zero in and polish and make my story shine.


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5 Responses to SOL19: Starting Class

  1. carwilc says:

    A writing class sounds like a fabulous way to start the new year! As does decluttering. Enjoy!

  2. Diane Anderson says:

    I do imagine. I will look forward to your story. It is going to shine.

  3. Amanda Potts says:

    Ah… the serendipity of an open space in a writing class. May the excitement bear more fruit than the nervousness! And I haven’t read Prairie Fires, but now I kind of want to. As a late bloomer myself, I love reading about others who didn’t let age slow them down.

  4. cvarsalona says:

    Jone, I was fascinated with the tidying up thoughts. I am in the middle of decluttering and I must say it feels so good to rid myself of unwanted items. Tidying up writing is also so important so that we say what we want without overflow. Molasses in movement-now that is something to ponder. Best of luck with your writing.

  5. Fran Haley says:

    I, too, am encouraged by Wilder’s late writing success! Many of her words echo in my soul. Such as “Now is now, it can never be a long time ago” (thought a very young Laura). She penned that knowing the moment occurred a VERY long time ago. But now is now – no better time to write! Here’s to not getting stuck in the “molasses” of our days (a well-chosen word). 🙂

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