Back in September I was so excited to be able to start something I have been wanting to do for a long time. I was offered the chance to complete a Creative Writing course with NCC Home Learning. As you may remember back at the beginning of the year I wrote a short story called Serenity. Serenity was going to be my novel. A foray into the world of young adult supernatural fiction.
I started and I stopped. Then started again. With my job at the time being super quiet, it gave me the time I needed to be able to get words onto paper and see if I could actually make a go of this being an author thing. However I was completely unprepared for how much work goes into writing a book. My rose tinted glasses lulling me into a false sense of positivity that the words would come and I would write and write away. The reality was far from that simple.
Serenity took a back seat. My naivety in this new world wore off and I resigned myself to the fact that I literally knew nothing about writing a book. At all. But that is when NCC stepped in. A course on creative writing was exactly what I needed and I threw myself in with gusto.
I was provided with my log in details and from there it was straight forward. The course is broken down into 14 sections for you to work through at you own pace. This is of course the online only course I would have no tutor to work with and speak to for support. It was me and the words quite literally.
I started off writing about me. The course asking you to explore what it is you want out of writing and it made me think what did I actually want? To reach the dizzying heights of fame a la JK Rowling or did I just want to write regardless of success. Once you know why you want to write it’s pretty simple to forget everything else. Me? I just like to write. It’s what I really want to do whether or not anyone actually reads any of it.
With little tests and quizzes to keep going back to and over, it makes sure you are taking the knowledge in. Breaking down everything from the very basic and working your way up. I found it quite challenging at first. Especially when asked to critique others work and correct given examples of critique. I’ve never been the best at that kind of thing. But it is definitely an area I have been able to build upon.
For me the fact that the sections aren’t all that long is a plus for me. You don’t feel like you are stuck on a section giving you the opportunity to get bored and skim over it. I have been making lots of notes and writing things down as I tend to learn more this way. I am a writer I learn better when writing and the exercises have definitely helped me with this.
Thoughts So Far?
I am yet to fully compete the course. At 200 hours approximately I planned on giving between 5-10 hours a week to do the course. Some weeks I can. Some weeks I can’t. Due to unforeseen circumstances in work, the hours have been somewhat harder to find of late. I like how self contained each section is too. In the later sections you can move from one to another no need to follow them all in order of you decide not to or are too impatient like I am!
Currently just over halfway through and honestly, I am quite impressed at what I am discovering and horrified at exactly how much I don’t know. But that’s what learning is for isn’t it! Do I think I can find out this kind of information elsewhere? Not for free no.
Is it worth taking the course? Yes. If you are serious, which I am. This course is definitely a good starting point for budding authors. It’s good to know the basics before you embark on a journey. After all you wouldn’t go travelling with knowing where you were going or how to get there would you? Starting a new career is exactly the same. Baby steps, building blocks, all help us to hone our craft and taking this course is my map. My direction into the world literature.
As a socially awkward and rather shy person, the learning environment is one I struggled with. My social awkwardness restricting how far I could go and my anxiety limiting my productivity. Learning online frees me from that and being able to work at my own pace and at a time and place that suits me NCC Home Learning is exactly what I need. Also the online only courses that are available are a bonus as I’m not worrying about missing deadlines or falling behind although having someone there to make sure I was on the right track and not misinterpreting something would be useful. But again options are available for this should this be something you require.
I’m hoping to finish up my course before the end of January and hopefully sit my exam to gain my qualification and I will make sure to update you when I reach this stage. For the first time since I left school I am actually enjoying learning and looking forward to to what I am going to learn next!
Have you ever taken an online course with NCC or are you thinking about it? I would love to hear how you got on if you have or any tips for me in helping me to focus and knuckle down. Self motivation is a struggle for me!
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*Disclaimer: I was provided with this course for the purpose of this review. This is my brief review after my progress so far. You can also read my initial post on the course and a final feedback post will be written upon completion.*