Friday, September 19, 2014

Don’t Quit My Day Job?

On a whim I signed up for and paid $99 for an online course.  The name of the class is Beginning Writer’s Workshop in I found through the ed2go website.
I’ve taken two writing classes in my life.  One was “Creative Writing” and the other was “Writing for Business”.   Both of those were oh so long ago.
The class started yesterday with an optional pretest.

Of course, I took the pre-test.  I must admit most of the questions were common sense.  
There were a few more “technical” questions as they related to what I call the formalities of writing. 
There are many writing terms that I am not familiar with.  But even with my lack of  “formal writing” training, I scored okay on the pre-test. 

One of the reasons I impulsively decided to take the course was to learn how a writer writes.  What does the process entail?  Does a writer’s mind work differently than a non-writer? 
I have always been fascinated when I hear authors talk about the characters they have created.  They speak about them in a Dr. Frankensteinien way.   
Do they have a more heightened imagination than non writers?

When I write, I am basically putting my thoughts into written words.  

Pre-test Question No. 1:

So, I have been hesitating to delve into Lesson No. 1.  I am afraid.  Perhaps I’m afraid that I will find out that I am a better knitter than I am a writer. 

My latest completed project. An afghan with 289 individual granny squares sewn together.

As an incentive to get through the six weeks and complete the course, I intend to record my progress  on my blog.  
I wonder if I can get extra credit for that?  hehehe


  1. "I am basically putting my thoughts into written words."
    That is what I tell people who say they can't write.

    Your afghan is mesmerizing.

    1. Sometimes my thoughts are so jumbled, it takes some time to work my way through the maze.

      I am happy with the way the afghan turned out.

  2. I like your afghan! Very clever how it is put together! Good luck with the class; I look forward to reading your progress with it.


    1. Thanks Betty. I found the pattern online. Someone else’s brilliant idea.

  3. I have wanted to learn how writers write, but.....cold feet. I'm ok with short stories and blogging for now. Good luck and thanks. I'll take the pretext and see where I score.

    1. I know what you mean about cold feet. I figure this beginner class is a good way to start.

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    1. Thanks Una. I found the pattern online and was intrigued enough to want to make it. Actually I had to make it!

  5. The afghan is amazing. (Are you on Ravelry?) Just like with knitting, writing is a skill that takes practice. If you happen to be better at knitting now doesn't mean you can't become a better writer.

    1. Hi Liz,
      I am on Ravelry. The afghan is actually done with crocheted granny squares. My Ravelry name is LyndaGrace. (go figure). I haven’t posted the afghan there yet, but will do so soon.
      I agree practice, practice practice.