I’m taking a Creative Writing class this semester, and getting back into that writing grind really reminds me of how much I’ve missed it. My teacher is Chang-Rae Lee, for anyone that knows him (wiki him!! He’s amazing <3), and our class is a little, cute one of 10 people, all of whom are really nice and constructive.
I submitted a short story this past weekend for a workshop critique today, and everything my peers said were very fair, and all their comments made a lot of sense, and it was all very helpful. At the end, Chang-rae said that my story had a “nice, natural progression,” was “well-written,” and has “great potential to be a compelling story”!! And he really doesn’t say things he doesn’t mean, or at least that’s what I’ve gathered from what he’s said about others’ work.
It just means so much to me that he said that about my writing, considering he’s a very successful writer, and I admire him so much. And especially because creative writing is and has always been something so near and dear to me. It’s highly personal, and even sharing with your closest friends can be so so intimidating. You put yourself in your writing, you know?
Fan-girling a bit, honestly. Chang-rae’s the best.