School – Books, Ideas, Influences, etc
Outside – Books, Movies, TV Shows, etc
A. School Ideas
a. Knowledge – Must build your knowledge from a diverse base (like a pyramid), rather than the English idea of narrowing your knowledge, from freshman year, to a specific field.
b. Discovery – I learn better through discussion rather than personal study, but I don't necessarily enjoy discussion.
c. Misconceptions – People assume that if you write well and read often, you enjoy school. My high school English teacher also assumed I already knew everything about English Grammar—until senior year when we performed grammar exercises to fill a gap in our class time.
d. Writing – Everyone says that you must write often to start writing well, but I never really understand that saying unless I am writing often. When I don’t write, I forget that I am not improving my writing; I assume my college education is doing that for me without any extra required effort on my part.
B. School Books
a. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre (elementary school)
b. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird (college)
C. Outside Books
a. David Eddings’ The Belgariad series (elementary/middle school)
b. Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series (middle school/high school/college)
I wonder what it says about me to outsiders that I didn't get past ideas and books before stopping?