Getting into it! March 18, 2010Posted by pacejmiller in On Writing, Study.
Tags: Aspiring Writer, creative writing, Novel, screenplay, script, theory, Writing, writing class, writing course, writing theory
So I’m sitting here in the computer labs at university waiting for my next class.
I’m really enjoying the course at the moment, and finally getting into it. By “getting into it” I mean I am going to all classes, doing the readings on time, doing the writing exercises on time, and doing all of it with enthusiasm. I haven’t really gotten into my own writings though. But I have a feeling it’s coming. Soon. Every now and then when I am doing my readings I get a burst of inspiration and I randomly scribble down some notes or prose for one of my projects. Even though most of it is crap, it still feels good when I do it.
The best part about the course is that most of my readings are things I would read in my spare time anyway. An interview with a famous director or screenwriter about their methods. Breaking down scenes in a popular film. Tips and guidelines to help you become a more proficient writer. Excerpts from classic novels and books and award-winning short stories, most of which I had never read before.
The only thing that is killing me right now is my writing theory class. It’s brutal. The readings are so dry. Slightly more interesting than my law readings (maybe not even that), but most of it sails right over my head. I still don’t understand why we need to read these complex articles written by life-long academics with massive words I’ve never heard of, circular reasoning and Latin/French-infused passages with no translation, written always twice as difficult to understand than they should be. I wonder whether there is a point to what they are saying (or trying to say). And if so, if there is a point in understanding that point.
Speaking of which, I better get ready for the class.