Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Head Over Heels
For the last eleven weeks, I have been taking a Creative Writing course with the Open University and I am about to submit my final assignment: a fifteen hundred word story. On Friday, I e-mailed my story to a friend to ask for some feedback. She is a published author and so I was eager to hear what she had to say. She was extremely helpful, offering both encouraging compliments and concrete suggestions as to what I could improve. Furthermore, she let me know about a Creative Writing course titled Head Over Heels that she will be teaching at my local University in a few weeks time. It runs over four consecutive evenings and will cover not only ideas and writing but also publishing and agents. I found out about this course on Sunday morning and the Early Bird discount booking ended on Sunday evening. With my husband's encouragement I signed up and am now eagerly awaiting the start. It seems a huge amount of money to have spent on myself and my wispy dream of writing. Perhaps I will be lucky and sell a few pieces and make my money back, perhaps not. Perhaps I will discover that I have passion and talent, perhaps I will become 'a writer' and find fulfillment and income along that path. What it has revealed to me is that I am afraid of taking this risk, afraid of wasting the money and the time. I am afraid of sticking my neck out and trying something at which I might fail. My prayer is that I might expand my vision of who I am and what I could be, of who God made me to be and all that He means me to become.