When the Mornings Come a Bit Too Early…

Now Brewing: Caribou Coffee’s Daybreak Morning Blend: since my morning started seemingly earlier than ever after a long winter break of sleeping in late and waking up with nothing to do–I figured what better way than to greet the day with this delicious cup. I’ve always favored Caribou coffees over Starbucks and was pleased to receive some Caribou K-Cups for Christmas. I have a feeling this waker-upper will be used more mornings than not this semester.

So, today starts the second semester of my sophomore year of college. It’s going to be a very busy, yet exciting semester. For the first time in my college career, I’m taking more elective/major courses than general education courses (in fact, I’m not taking any gen-ed’s this semester.) I’m in a lot of writing based courses, some journalism and others for the public relations side of writing. 

Although I absolutely LOVE writing and am excited to be moving into higher difficulty classes, I’m a little nervous because with all the different types of writing I’ll be learning, I don’t want to lose my own style.

I’ve read a lot of writers start out as journalists and then somehow morph into novelists or columnists or editors–but it still has to be sort of confusing and overwhelming to keep your own writing style and voice when you are learning multiple ways to write. I guess I just am so comfortable writing fiction that I worry the more technical courses I take the less unique and fresh my writing will be. After all, who wants to read a novel that looks and sounds like a newspaper article.

I certainly don’t. 

I’d be interested in hearing what any of my fellow writers have to say from their personal experiences. 

It’s going to be a long semester, but hopefully, somehow in between the mounds of homework sure to follow the syllabi and “get-to-know-you” exercises, I will finish writing Second Shots.

See You (Hopefully) Before Then, 

Kathryn E. Weast

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