Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Creative writing - OU course first impressions

So I started my Open University creative writing course last week and so far I'm really enjoying it and finding it interesting and very useful. The course book, commonly referred to as the 'Big Red Book' or BRB by students, is packed full of tips and tricks to improve the amount and quality of the writing you do, and includes lots of exercises to stretch you out of your comfort zone.

One of the things I haven't found much success with yet is the morning pages, which is basically what it sounds like - you write three pages of whatever comes into your head before you do anything else each morning. I'm having problems with this partly because I have problems getting out of bed in time usually anyway, and partly because my brain doesn't seem to want to work that early in the morning.

However, the freewriting from prompts has been brilliant, bringing up a few little ideas that might turn into something more later.

To combine the two (for the most part) I've been doing my daily pages on, which was born out of the idea of morning pages. So far I'm on a 21-day writing streak. That, apparently, means I'm a flamingo. In nine more days I'll be an albatross, but I really want to push for the 100-day-streak phoenix...


  1. Really good stuff here. Thanks for opening my eyes to a couple of sites I never knew existed. :) I feel your pain with the mornings too, I barely wake up early enough to update my blog. Have a great day.

  2. Hello! I'm doing A215 as well and I've signed up to do nanowrimo! I'm HenMother at NNWM, like to be buddies? To be honest, I've ignored the morning pages thing. I am no coherent until I've had a cup of tea.

  3. Eunice, I've added you as a buddy - I'm Rookina :)