Boot Camp Eve

Written By: Jess - Jun• 29•14

*Deep breath*

Well, tonight’s the night before ‘Uncle Orson’s Writing Class & Literary Boot Camp’! I’m both excited and nervous. I did the writing class last year, so I at least know what to expect out of that, but it’s the boot camp that I’m anxious for. I know during that time that I’ll be expected to write a short story.

And there in lies what has me all worked up. I’ve written my book, but I’ve never written a short story (that’s not entirely true. I’ve written 1.5 and the one I finished sucked pretty awful. It probably shouldn’t count).

So, because I’m worried about that I’ve been studying. I’ve done research into the 7 point story structure and plan on watching Dan Well’s YouTube videos on it tonight (I’ve also listened to the Writing Excuses episode on it). Heck, at the airport bookstore I ended up buying Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman in hopes of better understanding how to structure a short story. I totally recommend that book by the way.

And even though I’m feeling more confident, I’m still a little worried. Jack says I’m being silly and that I’ll do fine, but I can’t help it. After all, the blog posts from past boot campers  mention that I’m sure to experience at least one break down while here. They say everyone does (I don’t know if that makes me feel better or not. Hmmm).

Despite all the nerves, I am feeling really grateful for the opportunity to hopefully learn and grow during the week. I’m sure I’ll walk away with stories of my own to tell about boot camp and make new writing friends, which really makes the whole thing worth it.

Even still, I feel as if I’m preparing for something major.


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