Brooklyn Nine-Nine is made up of humour, great characters, and sassy one-liners. The show is full of great moments that can fit in a creative writing degree context.
Here are 10 Brooklyn Nine-Nine GIFs that sum up being a creative writing student at uni.
1. You meet people who share your passion
In high school, it was super rare to find someone who liked writing. Now you’re studying a course devoted to creative writing, so you’re surrounded by people who love the same thing as you, have the same weird habits, and just get the pain of writer’s block and cutting down words.
2. When you want to drink fancy wine but can’t afford it
Uni and drinking alcohol go hand in hand. As a creative writing student, you like to think of yourself as a bit more sophisticated than everyone else. Instead of drinking goon straight from the bag, you like to drink fancy wine from a wine glass. It makes you look like an intellectual. You soon realise wine is super expensive and you can only afford the cheap stuff. No one will know, right?
3. When you have to rewrite a story draft after workshopping
You’ve poured your heart and soul into a piece to be workshopped by everyone in your seminar, and you think it’s pretty polished. Only for them to tell you that you need to make a drastic change such as getting rid of the protagonist or telling the story in another character’s point of view. Now you have to rewrite the whole thing.
4. When you have to introduce yourself at the beginning of every new class
At the beginning of every new class, everyone has to introduce themselves, say what they’re studying, and a fun fact about themselves, or what they want to be. You’ve been asked this hundreds of times before. It’s super awkward, and don’t want to answer it again. You don’t want to share any more personal facts about yourself.
5. Your inner copy editor shines through
Thanks to your editing class (and your course), you now know all of the copy edit rules and nitty-gritty grammar rules. You automatically pick up on any little grammar mistake anywhere, ranging from people’s speech to advertisements. And you can’t help but point it out, and people think you’re annoying for it.
6. You write a novel instead of a short story
You get an assignment to write a short story for class. But you feel so inspired by the idea with so many subplots, so you start writing a novel. You go way over the word limit and instead of a three-page short story, you’ve got a giant stack of paper that resembles more of a novella or novel.
7. When you’ve got writer’s block
You’ve got a short story assignment due at the end of the day. You’ve got massive writer’s block because yesterday you had to submit a novel chapter and the day before you had to submit a creative non-fiction piece. Your creative brain is fried, and you can’t think of anything new. You’ve got massive writer’s block.
8. When your brain is fried, and you can’t write in English
You’ve had to write a short story, a chapter from a novel, and a creative non-fiction piece all in one week. You’ve had no time to work on writing your novel because you have no spare time and you’ve just used up too much of your brain. You can’t speak or spell in English anymore.
9. When you have to network
Not only is it about your writing, but it’s also about learning how to network. Networking can help get you to higher places and fast. You’ve been so focused on writing that you have no idea what to say or do, and you don’t know how to talk to proper adults. Can’t you just stay in your room and write and the social stuff can magically sort itself out?
10. You realise you’re going to need to get a normal person job
You realise getting a job in the publishing industry is super hard. It’s way, way harder than you thought it was going to be. And you’re not going to be able to make a living from being a writer … not yet, anyway. So you’re going to need to get a normal person job. Where do you even start?
Which of these points do you relate to the most? What are other creative writing experiences do you relate to?
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Julie is currently studying s Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing) at Deakin University in Australia. She's a hardcover book and journal collector, she owns way too many planners, and she keeps telling herself that one day she will go to Paris.