I have truly realized how my craft is like a well. When you keep taking from it over and over....eventually you run out. You have to refill that well to be able to write well. And hopefully I have refilled that well enough to continue writing, and to have those that find my writing enjoyable.
One amazing thing I have gained from this writing class is a new experience, a new way to practice my art. It may not seem obvious to consider writing a form of art, but it most definitely is. As singers and musicians practice before a show, as painters always learn new techniques, a writer must always be practicing if s/he is absolutely devoted to their craft.
I have learned a new technique that I think is quite valuable. While I was writing the 64 pages, I became quite drained rather easily, finding it hard to think of material. Just for fun, I started writing little two page "stories" in as many different forms as I could. I would write as a male, as a socio-phobic woman, as a stalker, as a spirit recounting her last moments. Some truly amazing story ideas have come up-and I can't wait to share a few of my best ones with you, but I am still working on typing them in at the moment.
Of course, the story wasn't always the end result. It was the practice of trying so many styles, of trying to be in the mind of so many different characters that was valuable to me. I have always written in one style: female, sharp, witty, usually sociable, you catch my drift. My boyfriend actually read one of my previous pieces and said, "I felt like...that's my girlfriend. Not someone else." I took his words to heart, and really tried embodying these different characters. And although the class has ended, I think this is a neat exercise that I will continue to try, for the experience, and for the obviously quite interesting stories that develop.
Right about now you're saying...."okay Sara, you said there's a treat...where's the treat?" Here it is. One of the assignments in my class was on bad writing. No joke. If you don't believe me, then, well...it's too much work, just believe me. Our assignment was to read the tabloids displayed in the supermarkets, and then for 15 minutes....just write one. They're all made up after all, right? I had a lot of fun with this assignment, just writing the silliest, most outrageous thing I could imagine.
It was obviously good, I got a "hand-written" email back from the professor saying he was literally laughing out of his seat, and that I had done a very good job. I told my mom this, of course, and telling her the general idea of the story. She told me to send it to her, and I got so busy, I completely forgot.
So here you are Mom, this one's for you..
Plans to wed: Sean Connery and Courtney Love
Sean Connery and Courtney Love are the hottest new couple in Hollywood! They were seen canoodling at an Eminem concert four months ago, and ever since then they have been out in the open and on the fast track to a new life. Sean has said that Courtney is his ‘true muse’, a new breath of fresh air, and the most wonderful woman he has ever met. He says she cleans the house from top to bottom, cooks him five course meals, then most nights they take a long bath together before making love throughout the night.
Courtney has been heard saying that Sean has motivated her to better herself, starting with her continued education. Starting next fall, Courtney will be attending Yale, with aspirations to become a lawyer. A source said Courtney is so excited about attending the upcoming semester, but is worried she might be a little overloaded because her pregnancy symptoms have just started to worsen.
Yes, you heard right, Courtney is pregnant! A family member has said it is twins, with a due date early next spring. The proud papa has been seen shopping boutiques all over town, picking out blue blankets and green onesies. A rep for Connery says Connery is the happiest he’s ever been.
With the upcoming little ones, Connery and Love have moved their planned 2013 wedding to next month. Barbara Walters, maid of honor, about on last Wednesday’s episode of The View, talked briefly about the upcoming nuptials, to be held in Jamaica, on the beach. Who will be designing this years hottest couple’s wedding attire? If rumor proves to be true, it won’t be the typical Vera Wang and Versace crowd, but instead a well known batch of designers: Roxy, Billabong, or Moximo. Courtney wants a truly unique wedding, as she plans to wear a tie dyed bathing suit and her bethrothed is rumored to be in the buff for the occasion. Wondering about the wedding band? Look for the Spice Girls to reunite for one solo performance, as they are said to be Love’s favorite band of all time.
The wedding will be broadcasted live on all major news outlets, so be sure to watch it!