I taught another all-day class this weekend -- a good one, only six students, so we were able to spend a lot of time on everyone's individual exercises. I was still exhausted at the end, because I spent six hours on my feet, talking, but I felt good, like after a run. One guy -- young, twenty-five, with amazing material -- said he sometimes felt like his story had already been written, so why bother; I paced and railed for five minutes about how necessary his voice was. I think he was convinced. I know I was.
I'm not going to make fun of myself today. I'm not going to take myself down for being pedantic, a know-it-all and a ham, a salesperson of snake oil. The class is good; people feel better for having taken it. The end.
Okay, not the end. The beginning, rather, of a week-long feature here on the blog: Janice the Pedantic Know-It-All Answers Your Writing Questions. Are you struggling with writing? Having a creative issue -- block, maybe? Send me your comments and questions, and I will do my best to answer them. I will even pace and rail for you! You won't see it, because it will be in my apartment, but still.
I'll also be guest blogging at the Best American Poetry blog, starting tomorrow (promiscuous blogger!), and will have some special guest bloggers on this site as well. So stay tuned! Or whatever it is that one does at one's computer. Stay seated in front of your computer, until your eyes chafe and your fingers bleed! Yeah, that's it.