I hope its okay to post, as I am not a regular. But I have a complaint. I love to write. Even the little, ordinary day to day things are fun for me. I have always loved to do so. My high school teachers noticed my love and ability to do so many years ago.I am now in my forties and recently went back to college. Can I say how much my teachers are not noticing my writing? Took an English class; Shakespearean literature and such. My English teacher gave me an A as the final grade but never once commented on my writing ability. She did, however go on about someone who could barely string grammatically correct sentences together. Now I am in another literature class with a teacher who is very anal and picky. For the first paper, he announced that no one "deserved" an A. I received a B for that paper. For the second paper he gave me a B+ and upon inspecting it for the first time told me it was boring and not lively.
I know that I am a good writer. Friends and family comment on my articulate way of speaking, my way of looking at things creatively, and yes, my writing. I received an award for my poetry once and wrote a song for an oldtime singer many years ago (my mother's friend was a famous European singer). But for some reason, even though I KNOW my papers are concise, well-written, articulate and creative (granted they are analytical essays and not freestyle writing papers), I cannot get a nod from my teachers, let alone have them be blown away (like my idealistic mind thought they would be).
My question is: 1)Have I wandered into the Twilight Zone? and 2)How can something I've associated with myself my whole life now be completely challenged?
Has anything like this ever happened to anyone there and is it not the strangest thing to not be noted for something you love so much and were always noted for before? The reason I am asking is because I always wanted to do something with my writing and to not be acknowledged by two English writing professors is a blow to everything I've always known about myself as a writer.
Thanks for your thoughts and insights.