Will I finally write that book?

I’m about to embark on a review of an online creative writing course with NCC Home Learning and I am feeling both excited and slightly terrified in equal measure. I’m excited because I’ve been wanting to do a creative writing course for ages  years.

When I was at high school, my English teacher often asked me to read my essays aloud to the class. It was mortifying but also made me feel that I was a fairly good writer. It helped build my confidence. Fast forward to university and I was doing really well in my first year English class. I was getting As in my mock exams and was confident going in to the end-of-year exams. I thought I had nailed them but then I found out that I had failed my poetry module and would have to resit the exam a month later. I then failed it again (do not ask me how. Isn’t poetry subjective anyway?). Unfortunately, because I failed the module, it meant I failed the year – even though I had really good marks for the other exams. Bye bye confidence…

Although this knocked me back (I had never failed anything in my life) it didn’t stop me from writing, although it would be a few years (almost 10 to be exact) before I regained my confidence enough to put myself forward for a communications role at the charity I worked for at the time. Luckily the CEO said yes (thank you Barbara!) and this set me on my career path.

Since 2008 I have been paid to write and I love it. I’ve also been published in The Guardian (a number of times) and am a columnist for Third Sector. However, writing about the same sector made me want to seek a creative outlet so that’s when I started this blog. It’s a way for me to write about whatever I like, whenever I like.

So why am I slightly terrified about embarking on this course? Mainly because I do NOT want to fail again. Also, I’ve been saying for years that I’d like to write a book and a lot of this course focuses on writing a novel and how to get published. So by doing this course, I feel like I have no excuses not to get started. PRESSURE!

So what does the course involve?

There are 14 modules, which cover: exploring different texts and genres, the short story, poetry (oh God, not again), life writing, non-fiction writing, scriptwriting and more. At the end of the course I will have to write an exam and – if I pass – I shall be awarded a certificate (and hopefully I’ll have been bitten by the creative writing bug and will actually start on that book.).

Only time will tell so watch this space….