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.


Jane D. said...

Being afraid and doing something must be far better than being content and doing nothing! Well done you, I look forward to hearing about it x.

Kathy Grubb said...

Congratulations! I am delighted for you! This news about another step in your writing adventure does my heart glad! HUGS!