Why do you think a lot of people go to writing classes? Is it really necessary to take courses just to write? The fact is no. All you need is have a heart and you can write. But here are some things that we can take into consideration in taking writing classes.
Getting a writing class gives you the chance to concentrate on writing for a longer time period, whether or not it’s a once-off day or a set of several weeks. It’s a way of getting yourself seriously as a writer and making sure that there’s space blocked off in your agenda for writing-related things.
Writing is dependent on determination – guaranteeing to yourself that you’ll finish a particular written piece, that you’ll revise a specific draft, that you’ll begin sending work out to agents or to magazines. It’s easier to break a promise to yourself than to other people, including the others in your class and a workshop facilitator. Because writing is one thing we do alone, in our own time, it can be difficult to commit ourselves to it unless we are answerable to anyone else.
A good writing class will motivate you to really write. This may come in the type of doing writing exercises in class – particularly at a beginners’ level, where part of the task is to respond immediately to a prompt instead of to muse on it, and overcome perfectionism – or by being prompted by conversations in-class to go home and write. A class should work like a good ‘how to write’ book – it’s not enough to possess insights concerning the craft of writing, it should also inspire you to take a seat and utilize those insights!
One of many reasons people take a writing workshop is for guidance. There is plenty one can learn from reading books, but a good teacher or facilitator can aid you in areas that you might need to concentrate on, or address certain issues you probably have. It’s kind of just like having a tour guide – while you can get in which you have to be by wandering alone, it helps to have anyone to ask for directions.
A writing class should help you create skills – whether it’s learning to read ‘as a writer’ (analyzing why something works or why a writer might have chosen to write something in a certain way) or whether it’s giving you better skills as a writer of description, dialogue, or whatever you need. It may be about learning a few different methods to strategy your projects, to outline, to write a first draft – however, you ought to be understanding things you may use with your work.
Lots of people have a writing class because they want to try something totally new – whether that’s just ‘trying to write something creative’ or writing in a diverse style or form. Understand that not everything in a writing class will meet your needs – if there was a ‘quick fix’ or good way to write a bestseller then our perception of a struggling writer simply wouldn’t exist. The truth is it’s hard, and it’s different for all – being available to suggestions and trying something totally new makes it a lot easier to locate the things that work for you.