I have to hand it to my high school Creative Writing gents. What they learned was a lot!
After ten minutes of in-class writing, Sam Sprichwörter sums up his experience:
This year I learned many things. I learned that coming up with plausible dialog for stories is harder than it seems! Things that sound great in your head don’t always sound good on paper.
I learned that you don’t always need tons of juicy verbs and adjectives to get your point across. Using simple phrases and words like “he said” is better than “he exclaimed emotionally,” or something like that.I’ve learned to write even when I don’t feel like writing. Getting the creative juices flowing is as important as coming up with good ideas.
Writing about things you know and are excited about is important, because if you don’t know much about what you’re writing about, you’ll end up with holes in your story. If you don’t like what you’re writing about, you’ll leave your story dull.
I learned to write down ideas before I forget them! Sometimes I feel like stories may have had better plots if the author had taken the time to remember his good ideas.