Writing has become a big part of my life, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it, and since graduating I thought I had a chance to really focus on writing a novel. And I have, and like any writer ideas get scrapped and we start fresh and new. I realized, though that I still needed to refine my writing skills.
I leaped into this by taking an online course through my local college. I started January, 10th, and for some reason have only got to mentioning it on this blog now. So far it’s been a lot of fun; the first week was basic introductions and figuring out the online system. The next two weeks focused on theme and setting, and characters.
The course itself is called the Essentials of Writing Fiction and it is different from the Writer’s Craft course I took in high school. I find this time around there is a bit more structure to learning about each aspect of writing (i.e. theme, plot, etc.) and really trying to understand the basic principles of writing before jumping into it.
The other thing I like is that I bought the textbook/handbook, so if I ever wanted to I could try out some of the writing exercises and see where it takes me. As writers it’s easy to get in a slump so always having something there to spark the interest again is a really good thing to have around.
To get to the actual point of sharing this with you, I thought it would be interesting to share my experience with the online course on this blog. I’ll try to post and give an overview of what’s been taking place every one or two weeks and just share what I’ve learned or something I found interesting.
To sum up, I’ve really enjoyed this course so far, and my sister’s Writer’s Craft course is also going to be online, so it will be interesting to see even how that varies from when I took the class. And I’m excited to share this experience with you.