Years ago, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. During my school days, English lessons allowed me to dream and write some of those dreams down onto paper.
The summer after I left school, I wrote a book. I was 16 and didn’t feel confident enough to know what to do next. So, instead of editing it, I wrote another one.
These three books were pushed into the loft space to gather dust.
A few years ago my wife forwarded me an email from work. Our union were paying for members to enrol in a creative writing course: Start Writing Fiction – a 12 week course with the Open University.
Needless to say, I signed up and ended up completing the Diploma in Creative Writing. It gave me the confidence to write more, but more importantly, the skills required to re-draft and edit my stories. I now enjoy re-drafting my work as much as I do dreaming up the characters and the plot.
That one course, stimulated my creative side again. Gave it a nudge towards chasing my dreams.
So, if you’re thinking about boosting your skills, think about giving studying a try.
Might be the kick-start your writing needs.
What are your experiences with learning your craft? Any course you’ve done that you recommend or are you just learning as you read and write?
This is my C post for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Halfway through the first week already! A list of all my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts are to be found here.
My pictures for today are Coastal: