The most important day of class for me this week was Tuesday. On Tuesday, we had a guest speaker come in and talk to us and this was really helpful to me. Our guest speaker was a science fiction author named James Jackson. I'm not a huge science fiction person, but the science fiction part wasn't what was important. In our class, he talked mostly about why and how he writes as well as the revision process.
I thought that this information was really helpful. It probably wasn't personally applicable to most people, but it was to me. Something that stood out to me was his discussion on having a writing schedule- needing to designate a time and place for writing and sticking to this schedule as much as possible. This is something that I have been struggling with, but am finally getting the hang of. I also liked how he talked about his writing process and how he thought most of what he wrote was garbage, but it didn't matter because he was writing. I think this is very important to remember. Also helpful was his talking about how all writers think they suck. I kind of thought I was alone in this and maybe I did just suck. I guess a lot of the things he said were helpful.
After he was done talking to the whole class, we started to work on creative writing and he talked to us individually. During this time, he asked me if I had any questions, and I asked him how many words were in his novels. This seems like kind of a random question, but I really needed to know. Why? Because I'm working on one right now. I haven't told like anyone because I'm weird like that, but I wanted more information. After I asked, we talked for a little bit about word count and writing want you want to write and not giving up and some publishing suggestions. This little discussion was really helpful to me, and I felt really good and a lot more confident afterwards.
So, now I've written a ton and have only covered one day, but this was what was important to me and what I learned this week. Beyond this, we just worked on poem of the week, revision, and elements of fiction readings.