Monday, 19 October 2015

The beginnings....


So - going on from my last post I've taken the bull by the horns and signed myself up for a free online course "Start Writing Fiction" with an organisation called Future Learn and run by the Open University. I loved my six years studying with the OU and have missed it very much. It lasts for eight weeks and the study hours are around 3-4 a week - or more if you want. I'm not totally sure at this point if I want to write a fictional novel as such - probably a bit of fact (historical) and fiction mixed up.



Anyway the order of the day is notes - lots of notes - people watching notes;  notes about  overheard conversations; notes about body language; notes about different smells, sounds and daily life events. That's my homework for this week - taking a notebook wherever I go so I can build up a picture and create a fictional character.

Incidentally Future Learn have literally hundreds of free online courses, run by different universities and there's so many categories to choose from. Another one I've put my name down for  is called "Literature of the English Country House" - watch this space!


Hope you all have a happy week and I'll be back soon.

Patricia x



9 comments:

  1. Good Luck, I've always wanted to write a book.

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  2. Well done Patricia! Once you bite the studying bullet it never really leaves you does it? DO keep us up to date with your course and how you're getting on. Lxxx

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  3. Sounds fantastic! I hope that you enjoy it. I will go now and look at the courses link! xx

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  4. Good luck that sounds such a exciting project to start over the winter months. You must miss your OU work after doing it for so long! Sarah x

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  5. Glad you have taken a step Pat. It sounds a good course and it should be really interesting. Have you read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert? I highly recommend it.
    Enjoy your course.

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  6. Well done, you are a dynamo Patricia. Good luck with the course, and enjoy your pretty stationery too. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

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  7. How exciting, Patricia! This sounds like a great idea and I'm really happy for you. I hope you enjoy your course and learn a lot. That website looks really interesting; I might think about taking a course myself. Thank you for sharing. I've bookmarked it to have a closer look later. I hope you're doing well.

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  8. Just realised, Patricia that my surname isn;t on my blog - so you can find my face book as Lynne Gill. Silly me!

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  9. Hope you enjoy the course. I clicked the link all sounds far too difficult .i often want to challenge the old grey matter but I get frightened I'm going to be too thick lol . Good luck . Oh well done for coming out alive after getting lost .

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