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What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

March 25th, 2020

Like most things in life, writing requires motivation and discipline. Regardless of how good the idea is, floating around in your head, if you don’t find the time to write it down, your chance of success is zero.

Starting out on a writing course can be a daunting experience, regardless of age or background. It doesn’t take much to lose confidence, which can have a detrimental effect on motivation. That can happen when you first start writing magazine articles and submitting them to editors. Some take weeks, or even months to reply, whilst others don’t reply at all. It’s easy to become discouraged, I know at times I was. The key is not to take it personally. To keep on writing. Sometimes you find success is just around the corner.

Having started the Creative Writing Course in April 2019, that’s exactly what happened to me. I submitted articles to numerous magazines, with little success. Then, out of the blue, I had three articles printed in two consecutive issues of the same magazine. Full of inspiration, I sat down and wrote another article for the same magazine, hoping to beat my hat trick. Did I make it four in a row? No, I didn’t. What I did learn though, is that it’s far easier to be motivated after a positive result, but that still doesn’t guarantee success. What really counts is having the discipline to carry on, when motivation is in short supply.

Having enjoyed running, on and off, for most of my adult life, I’ve found that the most important time to run, is when you don’t feel like it. By having the willpower to continue when the going gets tough, breaks down mental barriers and can lead to self-improvement. It’s the same with writing. By not allowing negative emotions and lack of motivation to dictate when, and how often you write, demonstrates commitment. What’s important is to keep at it, no matter how you feel. You might be surprised by what you come up with. Ultimately, we are all far better and can achieve far more than we think.

As a writer just starting out, I have been amazed by how much I have achieved in such a short space of time. I would like to say that my success so far is down to skill, but that wouldn’t be true. What I do attribute it to – apart from the excellent course – is I sat down on a regular basis to write, regardless of how I felt. I soon came to realise that the only thing I was in control of, was how much effort I put into my work and not how it was ultimately received. What’s the worst that can happen? That’s exactly how I felt when I submitted my application for the Writers Bureau, Student of the Year 2020 award. I was amazed yet again, when I found out I was one of the runners up.

 

I am originally from Worksop in Nottinghamshire, but now live near Newark on Trent. Having retired from the Police in 2017, I enrolled on the Comprehensive Creative Writing Course in 2019. Although writing was a big part of my professional life, I wanted to explore the creative side of writing. I have had work printed in Readers’ Digest and Fortean Times, as well as articles printed in the magazine Best of British. Another of my articles will feature in the autumn edition of This England.

I am currently working on the fiction side of the Creative Writing Course.

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