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Start Writing Fiction

Sometimes it just feels good to start writing something. I like the way it feels to get words out onto a screen. I like the way the keyboard clicks as my hands race across it. I never really learned how to type properly, but I feel like I can type almost as quickly as I can think so I must be doing something right.

Tonight I looked up “Free Online Creative Writing Courses” and found a place called the Open University that has a unit called “Start Writing Fiction” and I think I am going to try it.

I do have an idea, a story, a book even that’s in my head and maybe I can use this idea to help with this free course – and use this free course to help with this idea.

I have scenes and beats in this book that I think are good and funny and cool and….I have chunks that just aren’t coming to me. Major moments that I know are needed that I just can’t develop.

Sure most of this is in my head, and there’s a part of me that thinks if I just start writing the story, those chunks will fill themselves in. But what if they don’t?

Hopefully this course will get my thinking differently and give my brain the necessary charge.

It’s listed as a 12 hour course, so I’d like to try to do maybe 2 hours a week for 6 weeks, or 3 hours a week for 4 weeks, depending on how things start. By that I mean, what if I hate it? What if I can’t grasp the concepts presented to me? Even worse than that, what if this exposes me to myself and makes me not want to write at all?

That last thought came out of nowhere and I don’t think it’s going to be a problem. I took an actual creative writing course years ago and it did get my writing and got me thinking, but I was only thinking towards the assignments given to me. I hope that is now what happens here.

I’ll keep you posted.

Funny, I opened up the “Writer” app/site on my Chromebook and just started typing. I wasn’t sure where I would go, but it turns out I blog post out of it.

So maybe there is hope for me.

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