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creative writing start??!!

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SuperFlyHigh Wed 15-Jul-15 11:33:14


I would love to write but whenever I've been to creative writing classes they always seem to ask me to write other stuff...

I really want to write about my own experiences (quite colourful) if necessary under a false name and then progress to my own writing and style (I know who I like varies from Martina Evans, Suzannah Dunn, Hilary Mantel, William Trevor etc). I think I have a quite dark humourous style about experiences but no idea where to start.

thanks for reading so far.

TheHouseOnBellSt Wed 15-Jul-15 11:36:14

Well you start by just do it. Experience has taught me that distractions are self made...we all do it; "Oh I need to get a better laptop before I start."

Or "Oh I don't know how to format things correctly..."

Just write.

TinklyLittleLaugh Wed 15-Jul-15 11:40:24

I've started going to a writers group, it really helps to get a friendly critique. Some of the other people are really talented; published novelists and poets, retired English lecturers etc; and some of us are just normal people who like to write.

SuperFlyHigh Wed 15-Jul-15 11:53:44

Tinkly yes a writers group is a good idea.. think I will do this..

I just sort of think that if I write primarily on my own experiences it will come across as I don't know... not right etc but yes, i need to write and then get critiqued!

FallingGoldfinch Wed 15-Jul-15 14:33:05

No classes, no groups, no courses, no part-time degrees, no critiques, just do it as TheHouseOnBellSt says.

If you feel that you need that other stuff later, fair enough, but, just now? Write, write, write.

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