by Cindy R. Williams
Several years ago, I enrolled in a Parks and Rec's Creative Writing course. I learned tons about writing and how to get stories out of the brain and onto the computer screen. I learned what a protagonist was. I learned what an antagonist was. I learned about rising and falling action, hooks, dialog, genres, 1st and third person, narrative, visceral emotions, how to show a story instead of tell a story. All good things to add to my writing skills.
I also learned some hard lessons. I learned that not everyone likes my style of writing, but that's okay. I learned, "Writers Beware" because all publishers are not honest. I learned that I must have real passion for the story, or it isn't worth taking two years of my life to write and edit. I learned writing is often lonely. I learned that sitting for hours a day writing makes my clothes fit tighter.
I also learned that with my new writing skills, new doors will open. Now I get paid here and there as I wait for my "Big Break". Pennies per word for articles I write in an AZ newspaper add up. Last week I was paid $50 for a four-paragraph wedding story of how they met and the proposal. Not bad for an hours work. It would be nice to have 20 wedding stories a week at that wage. In the meantime, I'll keep the doors open for new writing opportunities as I continue to send out queries and wait and wait and wait and wait for my novels to hit the big time.
What doors has writing opened for you?