Monday, April 15, 2013

In Which My Class Is Almost Over

Tonight's the last night of my class - the YA Novel class at The Loft.  I'm both excited and sad.

Sad, natch, because it was a lot of fun and I met some really, really great people and writers. And because I always left class super motivated to work work work on my writing. I mean, I'm usually pretty disciplined with my writing, so it's not like my class has made me do more work (outside of critiques I normally wouldn't have done without the class) but it has made me all itchy to get to work right away each day instead of putzing around a bit.

So I'm going to miss seeing the peeps every week and having that total buzzed feeling afterwards as I drive home.

But I'm super excited for tonight's class! We're having kind of a hodge-podge class, since we finished all the critiques last week. Everyone's going to talk about some of their favorite YA/MG books and favorite craft books. And we're also going to have a favorite pages reading.

That's where each of us in the class are going to take 5-10 mins and read some of our favorite pages of whatever we're currently working on.

I'm super excited to see what everyone else reads, because so many of them are great writers and I really want to hear some fun excerpts. And I'm also really excited to read my excerpt as well. It took me quite a few hours to figure out what section I should read. Because I'm really in love with my All That Remains WIP so there were a lot of sections vying for a chance to be read aloud.
I finally made a decision based on how long each section would take to read, and how much back story I'd need to fill in for the listeners before I got started.

The section that won is about 7 mins, read aloud, and only has characters in it that the class is familiar with from my 20 page critique a few weeks ago. Easy peasey.

So there you have it! Last class = bittersweet.

All right, so let me know how things are going for you? How's the writing? The yard work? The kids?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry it's ending, but sounds like you learned a lot. And fired up your urge to write.

Matthew MacNish said...

That sounds like so much fun.

Summer Frey said...

I'm in love with your All That Remains WIP too. :)

Maria Zannini said...

I think it's the energy of live interaction that makes us raring to get some writing done. I know I feel the same way after a live workshop or a con.

I'm never as motivated with social networking. LOL!

Rena said...

Sounds like your class was awesome though! I've never taken a writing class, but it's really on my list of things to do.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

Isn't it wonderful to have an audience? I think that's one of the best feelings ever.

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