First, thanks to Angela for last week’s blog. We’ve had plenty to say about the benefits of joining a Writers’ Group – whether it’s an informal face-to-face group, an online group, or the local arm of a national association (as in Angela’s case).
So, if you feel you need that extra bit of support I’d definitely look around for what is available in your area. Or, if you’re already a Writers Bureau student, don’t forget the support you can get from other students in our forum. Read the rest of this entry »
First, thanks to Sally for last week’s tips on how to achieve success with your short fiction. The first point she makes about keeping the number of characters to a minimum and telling your story from the point of view of the main protagonist is particularly useful. As I go through the Writers Bureau Short Story Competition entries I’m amazed at the number of people who try to get a cast of millions (well, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration) into 2000 words. It just doesn’t work – it only confuses the reader. Read the rest of this entry »
Two months into 2010 and I’ve done it – something I thought I’d never do. Well, there’s still ten months of the year to go and ample time for me to change my mind, but so far 2010 is the first year since leaving school that I’ve not found myself engrossed in a course of some form or other.
After finishing O’ levels, A’ levels, college etc, I joined a bank on an accelerated training programme. This involved numerous years of tedious and uninspiring banking exams. Though, I have to say, when I first started doing my own books, I wish I’d listened in Accountancy class a little more.
An accident a few years later meant I could no longer carry on working at the bank. That was when I discovered ‘The Writers Bureau’ and returned to a passion from my school days – writing. After I had completed the comprehensive course with great gusto, I enrolled on the journalism course. A further course followed and then I expanded my horizons to take in proof-reading.
Even though I was writing regularly by this time, had a young child to look after and a disability, my brain seemed hell-bent on cramming something into the little creative pocket left. For some strange reason, I decided not to do it by halves this time, but to take on a six-year degree course with the Open University. There were tears, tantrums and times when I wanted to give up, but I finished the course at the end of last year and will graduate with honours in April.
So this year, I’m determined my studying days are over. It’s time to devote myself solely to writing and to finish all those projects floating around in my mind.
Though, someone recently suggested a Masters…