After my rant this morning, and a discussion with hubby, I signed up for the writing course. It's offered through our local college and is only $95 for a six-week, 12-lesson course. Today was the first day of the current session, so I just squeaked in under the registration deadline.
Time to bite the bullet - an expression used in regards to something extremely painful. Biting down on a bullet was a way to release pain in the Old West, while they were digging another one out of your shoulder, for example. The first lesson was a rehash of a previous course on story structure and what not. I'm glad I skipped that course because it had to do with Outlining, Premise and The Three Act Structure. It suggested starting with a theme and developing a premise and plot from there.
I need wine.
I can't plan a story in a vacuum or decide ahead of time what will happen. My mind just doesn't work that way. I start out with some characters, put them in a setting and let them start interacting. All that other stuff grows from there. But, I got 100% on the quiz, which was all I needed. I'm looking forward to learning about Dialogue, Scene Structure, Viewpoint, Setting and the like. The course does seem to be very well set up and the lessons are clearly written and easy to follow.
Deep down, of course, I'm hoping that the course will simply confirm that I already intuitively know everything. Because I'm an Abstract Sequential learner and that's just the way I roll.