My Writing Story
For as long as I can remember, I've written stories and poems. And every new year, I made a resolution that 'this year, I'm going to write a book!' I was spurred on by friends telling me, on hearing about some bizarre events in my life, 'You should write a book'.
Well it took a long time - but eventually I started to write my life story. And then the beginnings of a novel. And that's when the doubts crept in. Mainly - am I any good at this? Thanks to some family encouragement (you know who you are!) I enrolled on a year-long Creative Writing course with the Open University. There were two things I hoped to get out of the course:
There were probably a few things I could learn (!!!)
Was I any good at writing?
It was a lot of work - I hadn't really expected that. And it turned out that there were many, many things I could learn!
It also turned out that I wasn't bad at writing. I achieved good grades, and I had excellent feedback from tutors who were impartial and wanted me to succeed, but whose reputations were at stake, so they weren't likely to throw accolades around for no reason.
The course gave me the confidence to write - really write. And to accept that not everyone would like my books, just as I may not like every book I read. There are so many styles, so many genres, but I had to find my 'voice'. And I think i did - though i'm still trying to perfect it.
I have now embarked on a new venture - studying for a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. After all, I still have a lot to learn.
I can't leave this page without a word about Brian Davies. Brian was my husband and he died in October 2018. I published his book shortly afterwards, in his memory.
He had been a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Port Talbot College of Further Education, later to become Afan College, in South Wales. He was also a Chief Examiner at the City & Guilds Institute, where he was made an honorary member.
Following his retirement from Afan College, he tutored many hundreds of young people of all ages, both in and around his adopted home in Porthcawl, in his original home town of Skewen, and all points between. He not only taught them, he inspired them.
One of his favourite sayings was ‘I’ve been their age, they haven’t been mine.'