As part of the creative writing course I am doing at the moment through NCC Online I wanted to share my modules through the coming weeks. The first module is all about creating a writers profile to help understand why and what you write for. It features a series of exercises to help you understand why you write as well as your strengths and weaknesses. I’ve really enjoyed this module as it has made me reflect on some of the things I’ve always loved about writing and why I want to make it my chosen career path. I wanted to share with you my writing profile.
My Writers Profile
I remember always enjoying writing at school and English was my absolute favourite subject, even from a very young age. One of the first things I remembered writing about was during the mock tests for my Year Six SATs which included a short story or creative writing text. One of the key things we focused on was using flashbacks and I just remember really enjoying it and allowing my imagination to run wild with possibilities. I’ve always been told from parents, peers and teachers that I have an active and vivid imagination and I think that stems from being such an avid reader as a child.
My favourite books were two series by Shelia K McCullough who wrote such fantastic fantasy and adventure stories. I loved escaping into her worlds of magic in both the Tim and the Witches and Young Buccaneers series. Both featured characters with trials, tribulations and adventures. I loved them and I really think that lead to me creating worlds and scenarios in my mind. I’m not crazy, I promise!
As I grew older, so did my tastes in reading and writing. I remember writing a host of fanfiction based on Japanese anime, which I never really told anyone about! I loved trying to bring some of my favourite characters into real life scenarios and I believe I even spent time attempting to learn a few phrases of Japanese to make my stories more authentic. Alongside attempting different writing styles I also began reading more crime, thriller and horror stories and still to this day love the work of Stephen King and James Patterson.
It was in 2009 that I started writing reviews online for a community site called ciao and received plenty of constructive criticism to enhance my writing and develop my skills. I loved writing reviews and that is what drove me over to blogging. I wanted an outlet, a voice and I wanted to share what I loved with my friends, family and the internet. I began blogging for the first time after the birth of my daughter. This is the second blog I’ve had and I’ve been writing here now for three years. I love my blog and I put a lot of myself into it as well as sharing my family memories. Blogging has given me a pathway to start a career with something I love however, my dream will always be to write and publish a novel which is why I am so grateful to be taking part in this creative writing course.