One Thing I’ve Learnt …
I’ve been writing for seven years now, and teaching writing for nearly a year, and one thing I’ve learnt is that you never stop learning.
One of the most satisfying things about teaching writing is that I learn as much from my students as, I hope, they learn from me. Every time a student asks a question about writing it makes me examine how and why I write as I do. Every time I do a critique of a story for a student I learn something that I know will help me in my own writing.
I’ve also learnt that I love teaching. Explaining to others how short stories work, and how to write them well, is a joy. And when a student ‘gets it’, and I realise I’ve been able to help them achieve that eureka moment, it makes it all worthwhile. Recently, one of my students sold her first story and I think I was almost as excited as she was.
Learning as you go is one of the best things about writing, and as I continue to write, and try new and different styles of writing, I hope to keep learning, improving and being able to share that with others through teaching.