Now that I’m an expert (not really) at the writing minor. I’ve got one million sage pieces of advice.
My first piece of advice is listen to Vincent Van Gogh. He said, “I dream my painting and then I paint my dream.” Dream it. Do it. That simple. Forget about what you’re used to doing. The comfort zone is boring and overrated. Tried investigative journalism, not too confident in the genre? Take the risk, write another article in Writing 220. Never did spoken word poetry or messed with video maker? Do it. Your professor and your classmates will beyond support you. They’ll fuel you, you’ll inspire them, and so will they.
This class isn’t about Safe. This class is about learning that you’re capable of Executing some obscure Dream you have. That, Reader, is what I believe is the most important lesson of all. An analogy? Well, you should feel like this:
Second piece of advice. Back to Van Gogh’s quote. You might be wondering what painting has anything to do with writing. Well Reader, that is a great point. Painting has everything to do with writing. They’re both all about composition, eliciting emotion, rhetorical strategies (just one uses actual words, the other uses colors and brush strokes). Like Van Gogh’s starry night. Is he persuasive? Perhaps, I can see the stars, the town buildings, the suggested night.
Many things “count” as writing. Don’t feel constricted by the possibilities. Don’t be discouraged. Think outside the rigid box we’re usually subjected to in our classes.
Third piece of advice: