To the next MIW cohort,
Welcome to the minor! I hope you’re excited about it. I was excited and nervous to begin the gateway course: excited because I made the commitment to join the minor and focus on my writing for the first time, nervous because I didn’t have much faith in myself as a writer. Being nervous or excited is okay- so is whatever other feeling you are feeling. My advice to you is to be confident and open-minded. This class is going to force creativity out of you (it doesn’t come easy for me) but you have it. Your visions and ideas are creative even if they don’t seem like it to you.
Take this class as an opportunity and even an invitation to explore yourself and your passions. You are going to work on a project for 2/3rds of the semester. It should be something you really care about. When you love something, you invest in it and your creativity is strongest.
Don’t be afraid to take a risk. I made a short video for my third project and I felt completely unprepared to do so. Trust me when I say I knew nothing about it. I didn’t know how to work iMovie or how to upload a video to YouTube. I didn’t even know I had a YouTube account. The video turned out well. You will have the resources available to you to make it happen. Do something different. Something that seems a little scary. There is no better way to learn.
You are a writer. You are. You need to believe that and you need to be willing to share your work with other people. That was hard for me. I like to keep it to myself. I typically don’t think my work is good enough to call myself a writer or to impress people with my works. But that’s not really what writing is about. Write exactly what you want and don’t worry about other people being better writers or having better ideas. You won’t improve unless you write with your own voice and share your writing even when it makes you feel vulnerable.
Have fun. Get to know your class. Write silly blog posts. Tailer the class to be what you need as a writer.
You’ll do great!