EmmaRebecca1997
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My current course is a joint honors of creative writing and media and now I've reached second year I'm really starting to regret the creative writing aspect. I've always loved writing but its something I've only done very small amounts of in my spare time, mainly because i very rarely have the time. However a lot of people on my course have either published things already or have written several long stories/novels/pieces of writing or have been to specialist writing colleges. I feel like lacking this past experience I'm not going to be able to succeed. I did the course because I wanted to improve my ability to write from a reasonably basic standard, but now I feel I'm inadequate to be on the course because I dont have the same experience as my peers.
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First of all, stop comparing yourself to others. If Stephen King compared himself to Shakespeare all the time, he probably wouldn't have written anything at all. It's not all about accomplishments, it's about personal experiences too and what story you want to tell.

Sorry if I sound preach-y but I do Creative Writing as single honours and I went through something similar to you in first year. There's a Polish guy in my class who's published, people who are in magazine societies and publishing societies, people who have writing awards, etc. Then there are people who are doing Creative Writing along with Psychology or even Dance because they thought it would be fun. It's not about who has the most awards or who can write the longest novel. Someone might be able to write pages and pages of beautiful prose, but if the story is dull and the characters lacking, who even cares about the dumb **** those people churn out?

I struggled with (and still struggle with) feeling like all my ideas were stupid and that everyone was much better than me. When we workshop in class, one of the most common phrases I hear thrown around is, "Wow, you write so well! Mine's **** compared yours!" or "Wow, I wish I could write like that!" You may feel like you're inadequate, but I'm willing to bet there's someone in your class looking at your work thinking "I wish I could write as well as her."

Creative writing is about what YOU want to get from it, not about what other people are doing/writing. There is a woman in my class, a mature student from Portugal. English isn't her first language and when we first read her stuff in class, it was quite poorly written and ropy. She knew what she wanted to say and a lot of the time we knew what she meant, but it didn't translate well to paper. She had an idea, a story, but she couldn't put it into words. I'm in second year now and she's come so far as a writer. She put the effort in, she was brave to show her more dodgy work and let us critique it, which is one of the best things you can do. You mentioned feeling inadequate because you don't have the same experience as you peers. Well workshopping and bringing in stuff that you think is bad or that is personal or scary is how you get that same level of experience. By having people who are published in your class you are in a really good position for them to help you with your writing.

I guess what I'm trying to say is try not to compare yourself to others but be open to learning from them and building your experience. Remember creative writing doesn't have to be a big, daunting experience. It's supposed to be fun so have fun with it! Bring in a 500 word short story about a magical cat, go wild.
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Hello, Can you please mark my Creative Writing work??
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I also had Creative Writing during my junior year. But I regreted doing it for other reasons than you mention.
Surely, it is difficult to actually write and present your work in front of people, who are already publishing.
Yet, this class is about you and your writing and not about who is better.
So, if you have any ideas or messages you want to convey, do not hesitate and write them down!

In my case, I didn't find creative writing something I could do.
I enjoy writing essays, research papers and even lit.reviews and it gives me more pleasure than creating stories,
characters and building complicated plots.

So, the first thing I advise you to do is to discover what brings you joy! Secondly, find a way to actually do it!
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