Aka, “My English degree did not prepare me for this.”
Which is only half-true. Like… My degree is focused primarily on literature, on analyzing imagery, themes, symbolism, stuff like that. English has always been easy to me because those are topics I can readily grasp and understand. Creative writing has always been easy to me because…it just always has been. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been able to string words together to form some kind of story. They haven’t always been good stories, but stories all the same.
I’m taking this “Business English” course and I’ve knocked out some of the homework already, but I’m finding that like…this is semi-out of my element? We’re looking at the mechanics of writing. Parts of speech, forms of sentences, the difference between a clause and a phrase… It’s stuff I don’t feel I’m readily familiar with (even though I spend so much time working with words) because I haven’t really needed to be familiar with the terminology in order to execute the tasks previously put before me.
It feels really weird to admit such a thing. :\ Still, I have the feeling this class is going to be beneficial towards being a better editor, which is another area where I feel I need to better develop if I expect to succeed as a writer over the long term. We’ll see how it goes.