Eila Jameson-Avey

Writer of stories about diversity.

14th January, 2016

Another week and another few thousand words, in the midst of other things life throws at you.

In my usual lead up to a good writing session I tend to do some online browsing, some may call it avoidance, but I find if I allow myself a short time to do this it’s out of my system. I decided to catch up on some of the blogs I follow and whilst reading the Curtis Brown blog, momentarily considered signing up for their 6-month children’s book writing course at GBP1600.

It was momentarily but I still had some avoidance time left and began looking at post grad courses in Australia for Creative Writing, of course there are hundreds and also pricey.

I then wondered how many successful authors actually had a BA or post grad qualification in writing. I was pleased to see that quite a number don’t, for example J K Rowling.

I thought about my touchstone authors, Bryce Courtenay and Colleen McCullough and after some ‘Googling’ discovered that neither had degrees in writing, Colleen was very well educated, first qualifying as a teacher and then going onto medical school and Bryce studied in journalism and worked in advertising – a career he excelled in with successful campaigns such as Louie the Fly and the Milky Bar Kid.

So I think I’ll give the Curtis Brown writing course a miss and just concentrate on getting words down.

As for reading this week, it has been fairly successful as well. I have begun reading a Jodi Piccoult book, Keeping Faith – how does she write so effortlessly in first person? But as it’s not compatible with my iPhone I’m reading a second book when I’m out and about – it is dreadful. During the Year of The Novel course our tutor, Emily Maguire, warned us about preaching in our writing, well I have now experienced it. I would prefer not to finish reading the book but will persevere in order to make a mental list of all the things NOT to do in my writing – probably saving GBP1600 – despite the agony.

There are always lessons to be learnt, you just need to look for them and learn.keeping faith

One comment on “14th January, 2016

  1. Tune Up Success
    January 16, 2016

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Liked by 1 person

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