Well, I'm mid-way through my creative writing course, and each of us had a personal session with the teacher to discuss our progress, our strong points, and of course - where we "need work".
So far, the teacher says, she thinks I do very well on short-form works like flash, poetry, and anything under about 5000 words. Go me!
So then the other shoe dropped, of course. She says that for anything longer than about 5000 words, it appears that I "just get bored with it'" and the quality of my writing takes a nose dive. And of course she had some of my work as examples (ouch).
Problem is (if you'd call it a problem), re-reading the stuff - I have to agree with her. And when I was writing it, the longer it got the more I felt an internal pressure to just FINISH IT and MOVE ON.
So it appears it's not just me that feels like long-form writing isn't my forte'. If nothing else, this class has proven to me that I'm not imagining things. I might be able to push through it but I'm not going to do my best work, which will mean that I'll spend ages in rewriting.
It's not a total loss, though! I've improved my word choice, learned how to write better dialog, and I expect to learn a bit more between now and the end of the class.
Until next time, write on! And stay warm if you're in the U.S., it's cold outside!