Today’s Topic is… well I don’t think it has an exact one really.
Let’s get chatting anyway…
I don’t know if this is the first time you’ve stumbled across my let’s get chatting posts or if you have seen some of my previous ones (I have done 6 others) but usually it’s where I pick a topic that is weighing on my thoughts and I chat about my opinions on it. You guys then respond with your thoughts and opinions below and we chat about it – very simple! But this week I just really was in the mood for a chat about anything and everything bookish! If it’s on your mind share it!! I have a few thought’s that I want to chat about but nothing that really made for a coherent header topic so I thought I would go without and see how it goes.
As always, keep it kind but I know you will because you guys are amazing. Anyway, let’s get chatting…
So first thing that’s been on my mind is that I start my creative writing class this week! I’m both excited and very nervous. I haven’t ever really shared much of my writing other than some of the stuff I did in school and what I’ve done on my blog but it’s never been in a class/peer environment of this standard (3rd Year English Lit) which is daunting. I have all the usual fears of – what will they think? What if mine is so much worse than theirs? What if my ideas suck? etc… and believe me the list does go on haha.
And if that isn’t scary enough as it is, on top of that we need to discuss our influences as a writer…which for me is a lot and I mean A LOT of YA/NA/Adult Romance fiction…a genre that is typically not associated with a particularly high-class/standard of writing. I love the books I read and I’m not ashamed of them (a topic I discuss more here). If the people in the class want to judge me for my book tastes they can, it’s not going to stop me reading it. I don’t care what they read so why should they care about what I read. What worries me is that because that is the genre/writing style that inspires me that my writing won’t be of a high enough academic standard in the eyes of my tutor who would probably prefer something more hard-hitting, meaningful or highbrow. Part of my brain is yelling that this is for University, this is graded and goes towards my final degree grade so it needs to be more serious and less jovial like my usual writing. But then another part of me is saying that this is a Creative Writing class and should be about me expanding and learning more about writing and also showcasing what I think is the best of my writing/what I enjoy most, even if that isn’t the most high brow or serious thing the tutors read. I read and write to enjoy myself, I like making myself laugh and I want that in my writing. It’s such a hard balance and I have no idea which side of my brain will win out. I think I’ll just have to bide my time in class and see how things pan out for the first few weeks and then make a decision.
On a more reading related chatting note, I plan to start reading Shadow and Bone tonight for the first time. My best friend and I are going to be reading buddies which I haven’t done in a while which will be fun! If any of you want to join in a start reading it this week too then I will love to hear updates from you, either here or on Goodreads if you want to be my friend there! I also start my romanticism class this week which is a genre I don’t think I’ve read much from except Pride and Prejudice. If you have any tips for analysising that style of writing I would be very glad to hear them!
Other than my fears about my class I am very excited for this week. I have really missed doing these discussion based posts because sometimes you just need to rant/chat about your thoughts to help them seem less daunting. Please show this some love if you like the fact that it is back and if I should make them more frequent! As always please please please chat back below because otherwise this seems a little bit like the raving thoughts of a lunatic when there is no response haha.
Anyway, I can’t wait to hear what you guys think and what you’re plans are this week. I hope you enjoyed, and I will see you tomorrow for a far less rambley post!