I’m apparently becoming rather mad about writing, ha ha. I’m sure that’s become more and more apparent in the past few weeks as the want factor kind of slid into place. It’s nice to want to write, to actually be able to convince myself that it’s less work than I think to churn out a short story. Of course, it helps that my mind (apparently) works better with a wider themes that Figment offer (newbie friendly, I maintain) compared to the quote prompts from the gals at the Chrysalis Experiment (which are awesome, but perhaps not so newbie friendly *winks*).
Of course, having said that, my brain is a pile of jelly at this exact second and I can’t get past the word, ‘BRAIIIAAIIIAIIINS’… ah well. Later, perhaps? xD
This tiny ramble is, of course, brought to you by a newsie bit – this time from the Guardian:
Can you teach creative writing?
Personally, I’d have to say that proper writing classes are made of pure, unadulterated win. I took one in college (before I dropped out and joined the Air Force), and I was amazed at how much it helped me clean up my writing. I felt like I was making significant strides, and were I ever to take another college class, it would be a repeat of that; joining the Air Force and the intense courses I had to attend kind of eradicated my progress on my writing.
I also feel that anything that helps people communicate better is a Good Thing™®. Since so many of our communications in this day and age are text-based, or via mediums such as YouTube or Skype, we’re losing some of the elements. My friend Doris over at Dorki is fond of making this point, and I obviously agree to a degree. If you’re just getting text or voice or video, you’re not necessarily getting all the little nuances and signals that would cue to you what’s really said. If you want a prime example, think sarcasm – it doesn’t translate well into text, and just makes you look like a screaming asshole jerk, not ‘funny’. 😉
Oh, and back to Figment for a moment – I finished my entry for the Runaway Contest. If you’re on the site, give it a read, give it a heart, give me feedback – I can’t get better in a vacuum. I’ll also point out that the Runaway contest is open until the 15th of May, so that’s plenty of time to churn out 1,000 or less words on the subject. And if that’s not for you, they posted up the Backwards Contest last night (with the same deadline of the 15th, though a few hours later). I know at least one friend has a stunning idea to put to use for the Backwards Contest, and I think I’m going to try my hand at a poem once I have a love in mind to adapt. Which I might have as of this very second, ha ha… We’ll see – I’ve not written a poem in a long time, so it should be a fun exercise!
Speaking of fun… I think I might ramble tomorrow about Eurovision, ha ha. Until then, have a fab day and all that razzmatazz.