The first one is that it is hard work. Oftentimes the story does not just come to me. I have to struggle through the writer’s block and just try to get something on the page. It would be hard to be a writer out side of the class because you don’t have classmates or teachers to help you along the way.
Second, free writes help a lot, especially when you are in that writer’s block that I mentioned before. Often stories just come to you. By the end of the free write, you somehow come up with a story that actually makes since. Sometimes stories just need to be forced out of you.
Third, I really learned this year that you can find inspiration everywhere. Some of my characters have characteristics that I based off of my friends. Some of the places I have written about I have been to myself. That is shy I have really tried to keep an eye out for my stories. They often come out when I’m writing my free writes.
I have learned so much about being a novelist this year. I probably won’t ever be one, but I really do have a respect for people who follow their dreams and tell people the stories in their lives.
Melissa will be attending Portland Community College / Portland State next year. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow as a storyteller and artist!