December 15, 2011
I have so many stories I've started and haven't finished! Most of them are novel length in scope. I've tried the short story format, and while I've "finished" a few short stories, they're really more like serials! I keep getting distracted with new story ideas in between bouts of writer's block.
Mainly science fiction and fantasy, although I ventured into the territory of the historical romance for last month's NaNoWriMo. Maybe I can turn it into a steampunk romance... if there's a market for that!
I'm an aspiring writer of (mostly) fiction. No matter the genre, I appreciate relatable and realistic characters with a coherent plot that moves at a good pace. I'm working to acheive all of that in my writing.
I've been to six classes so far, and I'm nearly frothing at the mouth for the rest! One class a month has become an exercise in patience. The information from Drake's writing classes exceeds any other single source I've found in terms of quality and clarity. To get advice, explanations and tips first-hand from an award-winning, published author -- for free at the library! -- is amazing. It's not only about the craft of writing; there are excellent side discussions of the realities of the publishing industry, as well as needing to love what you write. I'm hesitant to take paid writing courses from others after this, because I fear they may not measure up, if they could even teach me something Drake hasn't. (Well, genre-specific courses outside of sci-fi/fantasy might prove useful for writing in other genres.) I would highly recommend anyone interested in writing for publication, or just interested in writing better, to take a class from Drake if they ever get the chance.