Writing Class Assignment #2 (Creative Non-Fiction) - Rough Draft

I started taking a six week writing class online, via the Waukesha WI based All Writers' Workshop. One of the assignments for the first week is to write a creative non-fiction piece explaining my writing goals and what kinds of writing I have done in the past, as well as how I found out about the class.

Here is my first draft. I am sure what I submit will be different, but I would love your feedback. I am limited to 500 words and I am a little over that now, so subtraction would be more helpful than addition.

By Joe Leonard
© 2015 Joseph S. Leonard

Hi. Joe’s alter ego here. Call me Id. How cool is it that Joe asked me to help him write one of the assignments for his writing class? Normally he only lets me take the helm of our shared corporeal being on occasional nights and weekends, when our band plays a show or we have a hot date.

He’s even letting me write this at his work computer, when he should be working on those IT compliance documents. But…boring!

I have been persuading Joe to take his creative writing more seriously the past few years, the way he prioritizes playing music. He's been resistant.

“I am so used to writing for other people that it's hard to write for my own enjoyment,” he told me once while we were in the shower.

Joe has a Masters in science journalism and writes professionally for The Man. He’s published a few news and trade articles, and even co-authored a peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in 2004 when he worked at the vitamin company.

About four years ago, I convinced Joe to do 10 minutes of creative free writing a day. He started a blog and has been writing almost every day. His writing has definitely improved a lot as a result. Now I want him to try to get his creative writing published.

He wrote some great travelogs during his family’s Australia trip last fall. “If you had money,” I told him. “You should totally just go places and be a travel writer.”

“Money’s always the issue, isn't it?” he replied wistfully. “I will be lucky if I can save enough for the bike trip to Ireland in August.”

Just before the Australia trip, I was chilling out on the periphery of Joe’s subconscious. Through the sliding door I could hear the audio files he was archiving for the Radio Literature show on Madison’s WORT FM, where he volunteers. The guest was Kathie Giorgio, talking with the host about the online writing classes offered through her All Writer’s Workshop in Waukesha WI. Joe was too engrossed in his task, but I was paying attention. I leapt from my hammock between the palm trees in Joe’s happy place and burst into his conscious mind.

“Dude! You totally have to get ahold of that chick and find out about those classes,” I bellowed. “This is opportunity knocking.”

“OK, OK,” he gave in. “I will email her. But I can’t commit to any classes until this Australia trip is behind me.”

“Excuses, excuses,” I muttered, wandering back out into the sublime wilds of Joe’s brainstem. I could tell from the sunshine and sea breeze that he was checked out on Australia wanderlust. But there was an excitement in the air that wasn’t there before.

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