Defeating Distraction: Creating a Writing Practice
WRITING X 404
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Develop powerful writing habits in this class designed to help you take steps to becoming a disciplined, motivated, and successful writer.
What you can learn.
- Learn why discipline and a writing practice help writers complete projects
- Develop practical tools to combat procrastination and writer’s block
- Commit to writing over a six-week period and learn how to sustain your momentum
- Identify ways you can structure your life to make room for regular writing sessions
About this course:
Whether you are writing a screenplay, short story, personal essay, or not even writing yet at all (but would like to!), the way to create and finish any project is through a consistent and committed writing practice. The regular discipline of writing can feel elusive and at times unattainable, but it can be done! In this course, students learn the fundamentals of creating a lasting writing practice as well as concrete tools to employ as defenses against procrastination and writer’s block. Class time will consist of lectures, in-class writing prompts, and exercises to build craft, with homework assignments geared towards setting manageable goals and accountability. Think of it as “Couch to 5K” personal training—but for writing. Rather than focusing on revising or improving a particular writing project, the class focuses solely on committing to the writing practice itself. By the end of the course, students will have the skills to build a sustainable writing practice that they can maintain long after the class is over. All levels of writers are welcome.