2482. Creative Writing Class

Petra was so lucky to get into Ms Brignell’s creative writing class. There was a waiting list as long as your arm trying to get selected. All that Petra had done was to knock on Ms Brignell’s door and say “I really really REALLY want to get into your creative writing class.” And indeed she did.

The first lecture involved learning how to write an opening sentence. In fact Ms Brignell set an assignment. First sentences are so important. I want you to bring four opening sentences of your own making next time we gather.

The assignment seemed easy, but once Petra thought about it she realized how difficult it was. She spent the week thinking and jotting down and crossing out. In the end, Petra had four opening sentences and she was dissatisfied with every one of them.

The second class began. Ms Brignell began. “I don’t want to see any of your opening sentences. If you think they’re rubbish then they probably are.”

Petra grew to hate Ms Brignell’s creative writing classes. They were too hard. They were challenging and useless. She thought when she had signed up for the course they would spend their time writing poetry. Stuff like that.  This wasn’t creative; it was work.


26 thoughts on “2482. Creative Writing Class

  1. Nitin Lalit

    Writing is work. It’s a job, which is why, writers burn out. Having said that, I think you’ve captured a creative writing program well. They’re full of criticism and enormous egos. You have to be really gutsy to do an MFA in creative writing.

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      1. Sarah Angleton

        My favorite story contest I ever entered was an “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night” contest in which the story had to begin with that line and then pack in as many cliches as possible. Mine ended with, “and then I woke up” and starred a bombshell blond with ruby red lips and legs that would not quit, whatever that means. What amazed me was how much work it actually took to write, and I didn’t even have to come up with a brilliant first line. I also didn’t win, but I had a good time.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      When we were kids we used to “blow” eggs – i.e. make a hole at either end of the shell (usually on a barb wire fence or something sharp) and blow the yolk and white out. I suppose grandma sucked.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          It’s origin is a very interesting question. We use the expression in two ways I’ve just realized: Teaching your grandmother to suck eggs, and “Go suck eggs” (which means “Jump in the lake”).

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