• Maria S. Nitsolas

Taking the Plunge into Writing Classes

If you’ve had a read of my About Me page, you will see that I compared taking part in a writing class to bungee jumping.

Let me clarify that I would never attempt to bungee jump. I don’t have the desire to frighten myself to death in order to get an adrenalin rush, although I admire anybody who takes the plunge.

But I did take part in a writing class.

It involved sharing an extract of my writing and explaining the plot of my story. As I listened to the people speak before me, I could feel myself grow rigid with fear. I was trying to figure out a graceful way of escaping the room, when it was my turn.

I told my class my story idea, only for one person to pipe up.

“That could never happen.”

Needless to say, I was a little shocked by her apathetic tone. It wasn't as if my story was about pink polka dotted cows from space who were about to take over the world. But even if it was, maybe it was a fantasy novel or a science fiction tale with a twist. In any case, my story wasn't about space cows, and despite being caught off guard I found myself defending my story. I was scrambling to explain, when I heard a voice come out of nowhere.

“Don’t listen to her.”

I don’t recall her name… I don’t even remember what she looked like. All I remember is that I turned my attention to the girl sitting next to me.

“Thanks.” I gratefully smiled.

“No really.” She said firmly. “Don’t listen to her. That’s a great idea. I think you should keep going with it.”

As everyone debated the validity of my plot, the girl next to me proceeded to write down a list of books that she thought would interest me. They contained similar themes, she told me and may help inspire me to complete my story.

I’ll never see this person again, but I know that I’ll never forget her. She encouraged me at the very exact moment where I needed support.

I reluctantly returned for the second day of the course, but I have to say I’m glad I did. I genuinely enjoyed listening to other people’s ideas and different perspectives. Everyone was so passionate that it was impossible not to feel excited about the prospect of writing.

Writing classes are a great way to meet like-minded people that you probably wouldn’t meet in your day to day life. So, if you’re considering taking a class, then I wish you all the best!

And by all means, contribute to the class and offer constructive criticism when asked… but for the love of God, don’t be that person who sits there and says, “That could never happen.”

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