I can’t believe it’s time for me to write this post, I feel like I was just searching through this blog for past advice posts. So I guess that is where my advice starts, enjoy your time in the course because it will go (too) quickly. You will be challenged to write in ways you haven’t written before and challenged to look at writing as a whole in new ways. It may seem daunting or too large of a concept to grasp at times, but that’s okay. It’s okay to feel like you’re stuck under something enormous, you will make it out. Let yourself look deeper and don’t worry if you don’t understand right away. There is rarely a wrong answer, it just depends on where you personally want to go.
My next piece of advice is to challenge yourself. The course will inherently challenge you, but take it one step further. Try a new style or a new genre that you haven’t tried before, playing it safe won’t help you grow as a writer as much as trying something new. And this is the class to take those risks. It is not a high stakes environment, so why not take a chance? You will learn something no matter what the end result is.
My last piece of advice is to be open to help. I went into the class hating sharing my writing and revising all of my papers myself. But I have learned how valuable feedback really is. Even if you don’t agree with some of the comments you get back, there is always value in what others think. It can show how clear your message comes across, it can show you places to expand or places to cut down, it can show you a whole new way to frame your piece. No matter what, you will learn something about your paper from feedback.
So congratulations on beginning your journey through the Minor in Writing. You are already a strong and driven writer, you are here. There is only room to grow and you definitely will. Keep writing and good luck!