By: Rebecca Carey
My writing has always been a difficult journey for me. I never have enough time to write, Writer's Block is my biggest enemy, and I never seem to have the right words to say.
I used to just focus on fiction because that is what had taken up my time as a child. I would whisk characters into faraway lands and future eras to place them through heroic adventures and troubling journeys. Unfortunately, as I grew older my time dedicated to writing slowly diminished. I was occupied with other activities such as homework, sports, and hanging out with friends.
When I reached college I took a few poetry workshop classes and fell in love with the form. I also found it was easier to write poetry because I could cover any topic in a short form of writing that still allowed me to get my point across creatively. I still wrote fiction but that was still far in between because I was occupied with clubs, homework, four jobs, and hanging with friends.
I think my most previous writing experience was my nonfiction class. I really learned a lot from that class and was able to be really honest with everyone in the class. Since I was able to be so honest I was able to come out of my shell a lot sooner and that lead to a more social and successful college career at Adams State. I really enjoyed writing creative nonfiction because I can take one part of my life and relate it to something that is so much bigger than what I might have thought that moment originally meant. I can touch others through my experiences and help them reach a better understanding of their own situations through my work.
One of my pieces that really affected my life was writing about my experience of coming out to my parents. It was a really recent thing for me and writing about it for class was really hard. I was pushed by my professor to reach for the truth in the situation and to write about how my parents' reactions to my news affected my future experiences. Because of the positive responses I received in the nonfiction class to my piece I gained confidence in who I was as a person which helped me get to where I am at today. Without that class I'm not sure where I would be, so thank you to Dr. MacWilliams and my Creative Nonfiction Workshop class. You all really helped me strive for success and become the person that I am today. I will never forget that.