March 09, 2009

Writing - Beginnings


I am starting my 8 week email/on-line writing course this week -and I have to say I'm a little anxious about it. I've been putting off exploring my writing for so long now (the reason I signed up for this class really - as a kick start and motivator) that I'm not really sure where or how to begin!

The structure of the course means that I get an email on Monday giving me a writing exercise for that week, then another email mid week with some tips and inspiration and then on Sunday I send a piece of writing (up to 2000 words) to the facilitators for them to review and constructively critique. I like the protection of the on-line method - no embarrassing read aloud sessions to groups of other students - I realise this can be very helpful in the writing process, just not sure I'm up for that at the moment!

I have no dreams of being a published, award winning author - I would just like to be able to write some simple pieces without the angst and dreaded anticipation of what will arrive on the page.

So, here we go - not sure what the outcome will be but hopefully I will enjoy the process.

11 comments:

Amanda said...

Glad you dropped a comment on my blog so I would be tempted to check yours out :)

I've always hated the read aloud parts, but this writing course you're taking sounds like an interesting approach to it without the nerve wracking presentation part. Can't wait to hear how it goes and to check out your other posts.

~Amanda

Karen said...

Hi Amanda - thanks so much for dropping by and for the well wishes. Will definitely be letting you know how the writing course goes.

Nadia said...

Good Luck and Happy Writing!

Karen said...

Hi Nadia - thanks! I'm still procrastinating a little at the moment but will hopefully pick up the pace!

megan said...

Good luck!

That's what I like about writing courses, they force you to actually put pen to paper (well, fingers to keyboard anyway)!

Karen said...

Hi Megan - that's exactly why I signed up for this course - I won't do anything unless I'm pushed a little! I have actually benn doing a lot of thinking about the computer V pen thing - I actually think I write better using a pen - but a computer is obviously quicker etc... Dilemmas!!

claire said...

Sending bits of stardust your way.. hoping you get inspired. :)

Karen said...

Hi Claire - thank you so much - I think I will need all the stardust I can gather!!

antipodeanowl said...

This sounds really exciting/terrifying! I really like the weekly email format. It gives you enough time to ponder an idea, but not enough to allow too much procrastination, which is always my downfall!

I look forward to hearing all about it over the coming weeks!

Erin in Boston said...

This sounds exactly like what I have been looking for. Any chance you could give me the contact info. for signing up? You can e-mail me at teadrnkr36@yahoo.com or respond here and I will check back. Love the title of your blog BTW. :) The best of luck with the writing.

Erin in Boston, Massachusetts

Karen said...

Hi antipodeanowl - I agree with the exciting/terrifying mix! I'm a huge procrastinator myself so I am hoping this format will keep me on track.

Hi Erin in Boston - check out this website for details of the course - www.sarah-armstrong.com