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My Creative Writing Course with NCC Home Learning

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

This is something I have struggled with a lot over the years. Leaving school with big hopes of making it big in the world, dreams fell to the wayside and life took over. The years passed and I found myself drifting aimlessly from one minimum wage job to the next. Unhappy and unsatisfied.

Trying to make a career and pursue what I thought I wanted in the world of retail was hard. It never felt me like me despite my protestations to the contrary. Then I had Olivia and having a reliable income source for us became my number one priority especially after becoming a single parent more than 7 years ago.

Changing careers seemed unreasonable and impractical to say the least. Then I found blogging. Two years ago on Valentines Day I found myself a new love. A new hobby and, I say this with all the cheesiness I can muster, a whole new world! Granted I am not tech savvy still after all this time. Some things may as well be written a foreign language for all I understand but I try my best and slowly I am picking up tips and hints to help me on my blogging journey.

But this new hobby, and by hobby I mean an all consuming, as in takes over my whole life, thing that I love to do has opened up something else for me too. Passion. For writing, a new love and finally after over 16 years lost in the wilderness that is retail, I finally know what I want to be when I grow up.

As pretentious as it sounds, I want to write. I do write therefore am I writer at heart? Does this new found desire to fill blank spaces with the words flowing out of my head make me a writer and more importantly am I actually any good at it? Can I, a girl who gained moderate grades at school, have the right words to keep people engaged for more than 800 words at a time? Do I have the skills and do I actually have any idea what being a writer entails?

In short no. I absolutely do not have any idea what to do or where to start. Sure pieces like Second Chances reaped some lovely feedback for me and my short series stories like There’s Something I Need To Tell You and Be Careful What You Wish For had readers coming back desperate to know what happens next. But do I have enough words in me to fill over 300 pages with a story that piques interest and holds the readers right to the last word?

my writing progress so far

Can my creative writing course with NCC Home Learning help me take Serenity from flash fiction to a full novel?

Taking Serenity off the blog and developing it into something more than a piece of flash fiction proved to be more of a challenge than I ever thought. I had the ideas but not the know how. I needed some extra help, tuition if you please. Guidance and maybe a learning course to bring my now dated skills back up to scratch.

I have been umming and ahhing over whether or not I should take on a creative writing course for a while now. After changing jobs so I only work 2 days a week I certainly have the time now. But do I have the dedication to follow through to the end and not feel like I wasted money on something I wouldn’t use. Would it actually be worth it for me personally was the main feeling. I am but a shop worker by day, do I even have any right to be aiming so high?

All those questions became answered as such the day I got accepted to review an online creative writing course with NCC Home Learning. With a 200 hours online course at my disposal to work through at my own pace I am so excited to get started. I am waiting until Olivia is back at school until I start but I have to say I can’t wait to become a student once more myself.

Learning in a classroom environment is something that fills me with dread and brings out my social anxiety but working from home feels like the best of both worlds for me. That is providing I can get myself into a routine I’m sure I will have plenty of time to fit in not only studying but blogging, work and time for Olivia. Who needs sleep anyway right!

Wish me luck and make sure to follow my journey and see how I get on with my Creative Writing Course with NCC Home Learning.

For more information on NCC Home Learning and the courses they have on offer checkout their website and social media. Deposit and easy finance options are available as well as special offers.

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*Disclaimer: I am starting my creative writing course with NCC Home Learning.I have been provided with access to the online only course FOC to write about my thoughts on the course and how I find learning with NCC Home Learning. This is my introductory post and reviews and updates will follow as I progress*
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18 Comments

  1. Morgan Prince

    September 17, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    This is great, well done you. I hope the course helps and you do get to write a book, it sounds like something you would love to do. Good luck with it hun. Thanks for linking to #pocolo

  2. Agent Spitback

    September 17, 2016 at 11:29 am

    This is so exciting! I will be following this with great interest. Writing is so time consuming, requiring focus and concentration which sometimes I struggle. I do hope to find more time to write fiction but until then I just have to go along as best as I can. So it is exciting times for you.

  3. Stephanie Robinson

    September 16, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Ah, you’ll be fab I just know it. The biggest challenge will be I’m sure believing in yourself, but you are a fabulous writer and I can’t wait to come to your first book signing! Aim high lovely, thanks for sharing to #PoCoLo X

  4. Alice @ The Filling Glass

    September 13, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Well, first off, don’t put yourself down, you might not have grades or qualifications but you have a way with words. You are definitely more than a shop worker. Having said that I recognise much of what you say, I know I feel out of my depth sometimes. I have toyed with the idea of a writing course, but so far I’ve stuck to searching for articles and advice when I need it rather than formal training, probably because I don’t think I have the time for it. How did you decide what course to take? Good luck. #WhatImWriting

  5. BloggerMummyLauren

    September 12, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Good luck on your new writing journey! Your story is much like mine, starting blogging has reignited a passion in me for writing and I’m now looking for ways to pursue that passion! The writing course sounds great, and I’m sure it will do wonders for you. It’s something to give you a big of focus and inspiration, isn’t it? Good luck with it x #PoCoLo

  6. Marija Smits

    September 9, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    It’s so lovely to hear about your passion for writing, and where it may lead you. Enjoy the course, and above all have fun! It’s the process, more than the outcome that matters. Wishing you all the best. #WhatI’mWriting

  7. http://www.dreamcatching.co.uk/

    September 8, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Of course you have the right to follow your dreams. And this sounds like the ideal solution for you. All the best with it! #whatimwriting

  8. Sophie Lovett

    September 8, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Sounds like this course will be perfect for you! My first nudge back to my childhood dream of being a writer came from an open university creative writing course. There’s something extremely satisfying about working through exercises and feeling your skills and confidence grow. I look forward to following your journey! ☺️

  9. Cara L McKee

    September 8, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    That sounds really interesting. Do you get any accreditation at the end? It seems to me that people seem to be taken more seriously as writers when they have a bit of paper that says so… although personally I just kept saying I was a writer until I believed it!
    Hope it goes well. I look forward to seeing how you get on.

  10. Lisa

    September 7, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Oh this is brilliant. I’m looking forward to seeing how you get on and also what you think of the course. I’m quite interested in doing this myself at some point and it’s always good to have a course recommended. Have fun writing! 🙂

  11. suz

    September 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    The course is a great idea. I hope it inspires you and builds your confidence … and if it doesn’t, you want your money back 🙂
    Will look forward to hearing more about your progress.
    #WhatImWriting

  12. Turning Up In Devon

    September 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I agree, blogging ignites and fuels a passion for writing and it’s great to use it as a launch pad for other creative writing. The NCC course sounds like it came along at the right time. All the best with it, I hope you get lots from it to encourage your next writing projects. #whatimwriting

  13. Maddy@writingbubble

    September 6, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Blogging is great for kick starting (or re-kickstarting) an urge to write creatively and I think it’s great that you’re taking things to the next level. I’ve not done a writing course but I’ve had some of my work professionally edited and this weekend I’m off to the festival of writing in York for the second time – I’ll learn masses! Looking forward to hearing more about your course and how it all goes – good luck!Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting xx

  14. Carie @ Space for the Butterflies

    September 6, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    That sounds amazing, and just the sort of thing that would be really motivating when you’re doubting yourself. And there’s no reason why you should doubt – you have ever right to go for it, and the only way you’ll answer your questions is if you try!

  15. This Mum's Life

    September 6, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    This sounds fabulous, and you most definitely have ‘the right’ to persue this! No matter what your current circumstances, grades at school, or dreams that have been lost along the way, if you have the fire and the passion (which you definitely sound like you have!!) then you should absolutely go after this!! Good luck with it, I hope you get the guidance you need from the course, and I’ll look forward to hearing the updates of your progress! I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up either, I have 2 years before both children are at school, to figure it out, as I will then need to find some sort of gainful employment!!
    #bigpinklink

  16. Nicola Young

    September 6, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I think you just summed up blogging for a lot of us and I can certainly identify with what you wrote. An on-line creative writing course is a great idea. I did one aimed specifically at children when my son started pre-school and I loved it. It certainly kick-started my creative writing process and I learned so much about the do’s and don’t’s of writing a book. Good luck with yours.

  17. Rebecca Ann Smith

    September 6, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Sounds like an excellent idea if you want to commit more to your writing, especially if you’ve got a longer project in mind. I’ve found courses help me focus and keep moving forward, as well as teaching me new skills. Will you get to meet some of the other writers – if even in an online forum? I’ve found the community aspect of learning with others useful at times too. Good luck with it all.

  18. Charlotte

    September 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Good luck hun, I have been looking at douping a course like this my local library do the odd workshop. I find short stories easier than full length novels, I have attempted a few times and even got to 40,000 words but just could never wriuwriute the end. I hope you get lots out of your course #bigpinklink

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