Sometimes, like when I read those posts you wrote from 2012, you made me laugh out loud!

But, yes, often, when I read things I wrote when I was ten-years-old I think, “Who the hell wrote that crap????” But I learned fairly quickly. And guess what? Without even taking a writing course! Well, not until I was in graduate school. But by then I’d already been a professional writer for many years.

Indeed, I believe you are suffering from an OVERDOSE of imposter syndrome. Those posts you wrote from Australia were detailed in precisely the correct manner, insightful and hilarious. And the other writing you’ve been doing lately is utterly flawless. You don’t need to take a writing course to “learn how to write.” Most people who already know how to write take writing courses and end up unlearning how to write. It is an unending tragedy!!!

Did Shakespeare take a writing course? Hemingway? Heine? Goethe?

Oh, I can see Goethe now, sitting in the back of the classroom, while the teacher is reading his latest attempt: “I don’t know about this story of yours, Herr Goethe. Young Werther just doesn’t ring true to me...”

And all the other students turn around to give poor, embarrassed, Goethe nasty looks.

The writing teacher sets Herr Goethe’s story down on his desk, then picks up the next one, from the newest student, also the prettiest student in the class, who has been winking at him. “Ah,” he says, “now this story has many good qualities!”

Yes, that’s how writing classes go. I’ve been in them. I’ve taught them. You really want to go to writing class? Maybe you should. You’d probably be that pretty student...

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of the straightforward & strange. “Women zai shuo ba.” Be useful; share what you can; help others always. Doctor of texts.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of the straightforward & strange. “Women zai shuo ba.” Be useful; share what you can; help others always. Doctor of texts.