For someone who has always written a lot, I actually didn’t like English class at school very much. I didn’t really like the rules, the restrictions and other people’s (ok, the teacher’s) opinions on what was good or not. I just wanted to write.
What I hated the most was Poetry. Which got me thinking; what do you find hard to write?
I think I hated poetry the most because we started out by analysing it instead of writing it. I remember being told I had to write down what I felt. But then I got told off for saying I felt nothing. This happened a lot.
I know that school is there to expose you to different things and teach you about them – but if you’re just not interested or engaged in it, do you really learn anything?
I always hated Shakespeare at first when we started reading a play. It felt frustrating, like we were reading something in a different language – only I knew it was English! Hence, frustration. In the end though, after weeks (or months, I don’t remember school that well) of reading and talking about it and analysing it, I would always find the meaning or reason we were studying it.
I never got that ‘ah-ha’ moment with poetry though.
What do you find hard to write? Is it a genre, a format…?