12 Things Every Creative Writing Student Will Understand
“Describe the colour red without using the word red.”
1. How much you looked forward to your first ever seminar.
Starting university is exciting enough. When you’re a Creative Writing student, however, the feeling you get when you see the first scheduled seminar is similar to your first ever day at school. How often do you get to study something you truly love?
2. Those Creative Writing exercises.
Just like when you go to do a workout or play sports, you have do some warm-ups before you start writing. However, our kind of warming up might mean speaking entirely in similes or describing the colour red without ever using the word red.
3. The joy of writing discussions.
As said before, you rarely get the chance to study something you love. Likewise, you may never again get to be in a room that is full of people as passionate and eager as you about writing. Can your other seminars really compare?
4. But also the terror of your first workshop.
The workshop is a vital part of the Creating Writing course, a chance to discuss your own writing, as well as your coursemates’, in a safe and educational environment. It is also nothing short of nerve-wracking the first time.
5. Learning how to critique.
This is important because you have to be able to evaluate other work based on the writing and not the author. It can get difficult, but it has to be done.
6. And take criticism too.
The ego is a funny thing. It takes very little to plummet from “I am a good writer” to “I’m burning every piece of paper I’ve ever written on.” Learning how to take helpful criticism is an important step, not just on your Creative Writing course, but in life.
7. That fear when you first read a coursemate’s work and it’s incredible.
As delightful as it is to meet like-minded individuals, it is hard not to want to compare yourselves a little. Every writing student knows that feeling of seeing a classmate’s writing for the first time and thinking: “Crap, they’re good”.
Need I say more? Editing is a necessary stage in the writing process, but a tough one. It could mean anything from tweaking the spelling or grammar to overhauling your entire story structure.
9. Showing off your new vocabulary to friends and family.
“I bet they don’t know what this means!”
10. Studying published writing and finishing it off in tears.
Part of teaching you how to improve your writing is the study of published works to see what makes them so successful. This can also make you yearn for the day when you’re that great a writer—published, renowned, and maybe even being studied yourself.
11. Telling people you study Creative Writing and being met with scepticism.
Most Arts students probably know this pain, but Creative Writing students in particular may be sick to death of hearing that they can’t learn writing or that they’re wasting their money. Yes, I know how much my tuition is, thank you. You don’t have to keep reminding me. I’d rather study something that I love and will value in the future than something you think is employable.
12. But loving it to bits anyway.
If you are doing or have decided to do a Creative Writing course, it’s because you love writing, want to improve your skills, or maybe because you have a specific career in mind, like journalism or publishing. Whatever it is, no one can take away your love for it.