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I’m by nature a compulsive communicator. My earliest memories are from primary school where I remember having my legs slapped by my teacher for talking to my friends too much in class instead of doing boring mathematical sums. When I was barely a teenager, I signed up to IYS a pen friend scheme and bought pen friend addresses to write to other children all over the world. At aged 16 I had over 50 pen pals that I wrote to compulsively week in week out. My hobby was costing me a small fortune at the time, I imagine that I could have been an asset to Royal Mail had I worked there, I was certainly keeping them in business with international mail.
My mother used to love looking at where my letters had come from each week. The stamps on some of these letters that came through the door were amazing. In my younger days (probably around ages 16 to 24) I was at college studying at night school, college day release and I also worked full time. From aged 18 I worked for the Government, writing to everyone and anyone in my day to day job. Every letter I wrote was important to someone; it had a specific meaning that helped and had to be understood. I even wrote letters of reply for MP’s so that they could use these replies to help constituents. During my time working for the Government, I passed 3 courses one year and still managed to write around half a dozen letters or more to my pen pals week in week out. I had a writing addiction.
I had always thought in the back of my mind that I loved writing and I wanted to write a book but I didn’t know how to. I’d mentioned this to my husband on and off over the years but never got around to doing it. Then one day I had a dream and I remember thinking at the time that it would make a great book. I made friends at work (not long after) with a lovely gentleman who was a published author. I was in awe of my friend and it was thanks to him that he nudged me in the direction that I am travelling today. He supported me by letting me borrow a whole creative writing course in a folder that I found truly fascinating. He gave me two of his published books and a copy of his submission for another book he was going to write. I will always be thankful to him for his encouragement.
Not long after my friend stopped working at my place of work, my husband bought me a lap top computer and I began to catalogue and store lots and lots of information about all sorts to do with writing. This included information that I could use to write a book. I bought the Writers and Artists Year book in 2011 and methodically combed through it and labelled it up. In between time I obtained and read more and more books and articles about how to write creatively.
Fortunately for me, a leaflet arrived through the door from my nearby college (early on in 2011) about creative writing courses at night. That was it, I was hooked, I had made a decision that I was going to do it. It had been over 13 years since I was last at college, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I am looking forward to going again this term. Since making wonderful friends at college and learning more about how to write, I’ve expanded further into the world of social media. I now have a wonderful family of friends and contacts on Twitter and Facebook that I contact from time to time, both as friends and advisories to help me with my writing.
In December 2011 I wrote my first organic draft for my first book. It was around 40000 words in length. Now that I’ve spent a good period of time learning how to write (even though I am always learning) I am starting to put my non-fiction skills into practice. You can follow me in the course of writing my first book here by liking my page on Facebook and receiving regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/LetsLearnCreativeWritingTogether?ref=hl
I am continually reading and reviewing others work. I have find Goodreads fascinating. Now I have learned more about creative writing I am having immense fun in writing my first fantasy novel.
It’s just such a huge journey to create my book how I want to create it, but hey Rome wasn’t built in a day. The main thing is, it’s a passion and one that needs fulfilling, patience and perseverance is the name of the game. It is really difficult at times as sometimes home life takes precedence as well as work. But I love it and this journey just has to be done. So in the meantime, I’ve built myself a blog, yes it’s the first blog I’ve ever made and I’ve surpassed myself, I’ve done it all by myself, with no help and it wasn’t as scary as I originally thought it would be making one! 🙂
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