I realised the other day, I haven’t written creatively in a long time and to say I have “creative writing” as part of my tag line (is that what it’s called?) then it’s pretty poor I haven’t at least tried to post anything.

In all honesty, I’ve felt over the past couple of months that I have lacked inspiration to write. I feel as though none of my ideas are good enough. That’s why I signed up for an online creative writing course. It’s parts of the open university, (a website called Future Learn if you’re interested) but these courses are completely free and last for a duration of about 8 weeks.

I didn’t expect to get much from my first week but I have to say, it has got me writing again. They stress the important of a creative notebook which should be carried on your person at ALL TIMES!! Inspiration can strike at any moment and you have to be ready whether you’re on the bus, at university or in the dentist having your teeth pulled out.

I usually find however that I write best during the night. Before I go to sleep seems to be the time when my brain is most active. Ideas whiz around my brain and refuse to stop unless I write them down. Its not the best when I only get 5 hours sleep, but if you’re not sleep deprived that you’re not a real writer – I joke, obviously. During the course I’ve come across many people who say they write “morning pages”. This is when they have just woken up, haven’t even brushed their teeth and will just sit and write for hours. Who knows how they do it, I can’t even function enough on a morning to turn off my alarm clock, but its all a matter of preference.

It is also important when writing, to write in an area that suits you. Whether that be in your bedroom where is it quite, the living room with the TV as background noise or in a busy cafe with lots of inspiration around you. No one person is the same, so find what works for you and don’t worry if its a bit different. Embrace your differences and get ready to write.

Now, not all writing has to use complicated language as that often takes away from what you are trying to say. Here is a little something that I wrote during my first week of the course. It is nothing amazing but it was an exercise stressing the importance of using simple language to be able to create an image in your head.

The icy October wind raged a war against the gable shutters. I bury myself deeper into a fortress of blankets to escape the eerie feeling settling upon the cottage. The open fire crackles, grabbing my attention. Mesmerized by the dancing fire, I smile as I watch a spider fall from a log and into the ravishing flames, sending red hot sparks flying. Good riddance, I think. Spiders are awful creatures.

Granted it isn’t the most compelling piece I have ever written but its a start. But before this blog post gets far too long, I would just like to say that I haven’t been sponsored by Future Learn. I am just genuinely enjoying the course so far and I’m looking forward to getting back to writing creatively.

In the meantime, I hope this has given you some things to think about and you should definitely let me know that you think. What type of person are you, a night owl like me, or a “morning pages” sort of person?

Don’t be a stranger,

Emma

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