Today marked my final high school Creative Writing class for the 2011-2012 school year. It was time for me, as teacher, to hear from my fine fellows about what they’ve learned.
Here, after ten minutes of furious in-class writing, is Hill Brown’s take on the experience:
I learned a ridiculous amount of things about writing this year. From deadlines to point of view, things changed all over in my writing style. There are, however, a few things that stick out.
One of my first writing hurdles was the word “said.” At first, it was nearly impossible to give up my ‘ “Such and such,” he screamed furiously with a hint of jealousy.’ But as I learned the magic of the invisible word “said,” I was able to write a much smoother story.Another thing I learned to do was give up some of the descriptive material. I learned to give up the idyllic, perfect picture in my mind for one that makes sense. It was a massive struggle, one that I may keep having to work on, but I certainly think it has made me a better writer.
I, as an aspiring writer, have enjoyed this class immensely. I wish I could take it again. I learned and grew more than I realized … until this assignment.