And I need a hobby and I want to be a paperback writer
September 1, 2013 1:53 AM Subscribe
When I was in school I used to enjoy writing stories/fiction. At some point on the road to becoming an adult, I stopped this completely, and some 20 years later have zero confidence in my ability to write anything fictive but think I'd like to take a class to help me learn some proper skills in the area and maybe get back into doing this again. Only.... where? How? Internet-enabled instruction suggestions totally welcome -- and probably my ideal -- but if it's relevant I'm located in Brisbane, Australia. Little bit more detail inside...
posted by springbound to writing & language (7 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Someone I used to know (nowhere local to me now, however) was taking a college class in her area some years ago and I remember reading a few of her exercises, one of which focused on "voice" and had her writing about something in a few different voices - e.g., in the style of her favourite author, then in the style of a particular character, etc. This kind of structured, goal-oriented, exercise-based approach appealed to me and is I think the kind of thing I'm after. Very beginner-oriented stuff.
This is purely for my own fun and enjoyment, so cheap is good (ie, university courses are out), but I'd really like access to a teacher for input, so self-directed exercises on static web pages is less good.
Snowflake stuff: I have no interest in anything that involves "sharing with the class/group" as I neither want classmates' input nor want to have to generate input on others' work. Basically I want to feel free to suck (which I certainly will) in relative privacy, and free of performance anxiety, so that I can try and develop skillz whilst enjoying myself, whatever the point of awfulness I find myself at to begin with. ;)
Does anything that fits this bill exist? Has anyone done a course they'd recommend?
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