Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Writing Creatively?

I know there are some people who read this that would kick my arse up and down the street for admitting the following.

Last night I went to a Creative Writing class. I know, I know, can you really teach someone Creative Writing? I had always answered no but last night my mind was changed somewhat. This class, I hope, will give me a good boot up the backside and get me writing again. Previously, I had always looked upon writing as a past-time, something I hoped would turn into a career.

I didn't realise you could treat it as a 'proper' job. The tutor handed out some quotes to 'inspire' us and I'm afraid to admit that the following struck a cord with me:

"I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning."
Peter De Vries

The course runs for five weeks. Let's see how I get on.

1 comment:

Mark Buckland said...

Excellent, where's it at?

I'll be honest, coming from someone who has been on many creative writing courses. If you ask me now, I'll tell you creative writing classes are at the least ineffective and at worst, the devil himself. If I get the £33,000 a year part time job lecturing creative writing at Edinburgh Uni that I'm in the running for, then I'll tell you creative writing classes are very helpful and splendid things.

Mixed feelings really.