I've learned a few things since I started my writing class (the last one is tomorrow, sob...).
One is that a thesaurus is a very, very good thing.
Another is that I can't easily write serious emotional stuff. This shouldn't have surprised me, since I can't talk it either.
But I can do levity.
And I've gained a new appreciation for any writer, no matter how crappy I think his or her books are, who can get published.
FYI, I have almost finished my short story - the one I've been writing for class. The tutor really liked my penultimate draft, and hopefully the changes I made for the final draft actually improve it.