As a journalism and creative writing double major, I put pen to paper on a daily basis. And although I loved it with all of my heart, the sheer volume of work involved was exhausting at times. My fellow majors would whine, possibly cry and regularly pull all-nighters, but we wouldn't have had it any other way. Even if you weren't specifically a poetry writing major, some of these sentiments will still resonate with you:
1. You have never participated in NANOWRIMO because that's a fool's errand for the foolish fiction majors. In fact, you're still not really sure how to pronounce it correctly or why anyone in their right mind would participate.
2. Whenever there was a poetry section in the syllabus of a literature class, all of the students moaned while you just sat there like:
3. Every time you had to read a short story for homework, you mumbled things like, "James Joyce, please! Limit yourself!"
But whenever you were given a poetry assignment, you couldn't read fast enough.
4. All of the English majors who were in your poetry writing classes were like, "Oh, I only write in iambic pentameter like our literary forefathers!"
While the creative writing majors just sat there thinking, "How free verse can we get with this puppy? Will anyone notice if I throw in some Spanish? Do I have to use punctuation?"
5. Villanelle? More like villain-hell! Amiright?
6. Everyone else in your English lit. classes would exclaim, "Give me John Milton or Chaucer over Wallace Stevens any day!" And you were the only one thinking, "SO MUCH DEPENDS UPON A RED WHEEL BARROW! IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE!"
7. Then there was that one day when you wrote a sonnet about an object on your desk because you had no inspiration, and sonnets are the worst.
8. And let's not forget those times in class when you had to read your poem out loud, and you were like:
But then after you finished, everyone was smiling and murmuring appreciatively, and you were like:
9. You have a new appreciation for monosyllabic words after sweating over a haiku for hours.
10. You had your campus coffee shop menu down on lock because of all your late-night writing seshes.
11. Anytime anyone assumed you were an English major, you got all up in arms about it because there was a very clear wardrobe divide between the creative writing majors...
...and the English majors.
12. Whenever you were forced to write a short story for a fiction class, you just sat there typing random words and hoping for inspiration.
13. And if any of your friends in different majors complained about a five-page assignment, you were like, "I do that on the daily."
14. You knew the exulted but exhausted feeling after you pulled an all-nighter to finish a script/story/portfolio/paper/article/all of the above.
15. But it was all worth it because when you had an idea, and the words were a-flowing, nothing in the world could stop you — except maybe a day-old donut.