I’ve Lost My Mind: Summer School Edition

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, work slows down just enough to trick me into thinking I have time for extracurricular activities.  Some people might plant a fresh summer garden filled with tomatoes, squash, eggplant, and zucchini or simply plant some new, beautiful flowers in hopes of attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.

Me? I’ve enrolled in a creative writing class. The instructor is intending for each of us to be inspired enough to participate in NaNoWriMo this fall, and she’s giving us the tools and techniques to get us to the starting line. In fact, this 10-week course is more or less focusing on the start of the plot and how to keep it going. We’ll be reading Writing the Breakout Novel and The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction, which is new to me.

I thought over the course of summer, I’d share some of the tricks, tips, and techniques learned in class as I’m sure there’s someone out there looking for helpful advice in getting the story from inside their head and onto the computer screen.

Way back when I was in college, I took a creative writing class after I was unable to get into a mandatory English class. While an avid reader, I was never a confident writer (the curse of dyslexia) and was positive I would hate the class. Armed with the books Bird by Bird, The Elements of Style, and On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, I remember being terrified at the prospect of having to turn in a 100-page novella at the end of the quarter. While my novella was horrid (I found it several years ago while unpacking boxes I had forgotten about, I discovered that creative writing provided me with an outlet where I could be creative without having to be perfect.



Author: Rae

Hi, I’m Rae. I’m a legal contract specialist for a biotechnology company, lover of all things beautiful and delicious. Here on Simply Rae, I blog about whatever’s on my mind. Some days that may be the delicious meal I prepared for my husband and I, other days it’s beauty related. Writing has always been therapeutic for me. Originally when I went to college, I went with the intention of becoming a writer. What my 18-year old self didn’t realize was I didn’t need to go to college to write, I needed life experiences for stories. After college I found myself doing event coordinating for a while, which at first I really loved and wanted to make a career out of it; the novelty didn’t last very long and back to college I went. Recently I’ve gotten married and relocated to a new, unfamiliar city. One night not too long ago, I found myself wide awake at four a.m. unable to sleep or turn off my brain. For the first time in years, I turned on my computer and started writing whatever came to mind. After all these years, I’m finally inspired and have life experiences to share. It’s truly an exciting time! Aside from writing, I enjoy photography, wine tasting, pretending to be a skillful cook and staying physically active. My husband and I are on the search for the perfect macaroni and cheese recipe, so if you happen to have a gem on your hands, send it my way!

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