Creative writing

I started the Open University course A174 Starting Writing Fiction in October 2011 as I wanted to take my writing in a new direction and try a new challenge.

I have more than 20 years of journalistic writing and editing under my belt, plus wide experience of blogging, technical writing and poetry. I tell stories to our boys and was always welcome at playgroup when it came to story time.

However, I’ve written very little fiction since I left school. It was a good avenue to explore and I signed up for A174.

However, I wasn’t getting as much feedback as expected from my Open University tutor group. How to get feedback?

The answer was to step part of the blog sideways from the main theme and use it to showcase my creative writing for the course to see how it fares.

As I’ve been persuaded to enter some of my short stories and poetries in various competitions, I won’t be publishing them here. Most competitions only want entries that have not been published before and classify work posted on a writer’s blog as publication.

A174 Start Writing Fiction

Wedding’s eve (Activity 3.9, 11 December 2011)

Write a wedding conversation? Me? (Activity 3.9, 11 December 2011)

I attempt fluffy writing (Activity 3.7, 8 December 2011)

A Man’s Gotta Buy (Activity 3.5, 1 December 2011)

Of cabbages and kings  (Activity 2.5, 16 November 2011)

The Swineherd (Activity 2.5, 16 November 2011)

The Librarian (Activity 2.2, 13 November 2011)

Triggering a mental fusion reaction (Activity 1.22, 8 November 2011)

A toe of distinction (Activity 1.17, 7 November 2011)

I miss the mark, again (Activity 1.17, 5 November 2011)

Something of the absurd (Tutorial 1, Activity 1.15, 4 November 2011)

Blue is the mood and the music (Activity 1.8, 29 October 2011)

Writing outwith the box (Acitivity 1.7, 29 October 2011)

Beware, corny metaphors ahead (response to a forum post, 27 October 2011)

Time for another challenge (why start A174, 20 October 2011)

4 Responses to “Creative writing”

  1. I’m loving your writing. I find it challenging and interesting. Keep up the good work – and sorry it took me so long to get round to coming on here and having a look! Heidi

    • And that’s exactly why he shouldn’t be doing A174. As Barry said yesterday, it’s silly have a world rally driver doing the same course as beginner drivers. It’s a start writing course. How are we supposed to keep up with this sort of writing? It’s intimidating and wrong to have someone writing like this on our course. I’m disappointed the OU allows this to happen on a course for beginner writers. I have enough worries about my writing as it is without being sidelined by showoffs strutting their stuff.

      • yes! I’m pleased to find I’mnot the only one. I feel totally inadequate and can’t think of anything to write because of writers like Dennis. It’s really intimidating for beginners to be doing this course with thse superior writers. I come on and see this and feel totally unimaginative. I don’t need it. I can’t bring myself to press post sometimes because i know I’ll look so bad. You’re right, the OU needs to filter the course so only beginners are allowed.

  2. It’s brilliant to see someone with so much writing experience still wanting to expand their knowledge and skill. I would love to hear about your experience in journalism, as it is an area I am very interested in as a student, if you have any time at all. Looking forward to giving your stories a read. Best of luck with the course and the blog, Joe.

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