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?
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.
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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*