WriTING my Way Through Lockdown.
‘Cause the Writing’s on the Wall.
pop quiz: the lyric above is from what song and artist? clue: my brother by other parents, spies a ghost.
WriTING Task Fourteen: What’s the biggest u-turn you have ever made in your life? Just a paragraph of your most finely wrought prose.
As those of you who have read more than one of my blog articles will suspect: I quite like writing. So, with lockdown rules putting paid any plans for a ski trip this side of ‘sometime never’, I signed up to an online writing course.
It may surprise you to know that I haven’t written anything before where I’ve made it up. All my writing comes from facts and research and my opinions of it; to write something completely made-up, that’s a first for me.
The course was online and twice a week, for eight weeks, we were set a writing task. Sometimes long, sometimes short, sometimes odd. None were compulsory, but being someone who tends towards ‘completer/finisher’, I generally went for quantity over quality and tackled them all.
An old sexist physics teacher who told me “Physics isn’t for girls” followed by a newly qualified physics teacher who told me I could do an ‘O’ Level and an ‘A’ level in just two years. Part of the path that ends up here; somehow!
My WriTING Effort:
Life is a Career.
I was in the clever class, when choosing ‘A’ levels, every teacher said; “Yes, I’d probably cope OK”.
So, I started Maths, English and History. I instantly came to realise that writing essays was not compatible with the life my 17-year-old self wanted to lead. Before the first term was out, I’d switched to Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Drawing.
And ended up with a career in Marketing! No single choice will ruin a life, nor define it!
pop trivia: ‘Sam Smith’ co-wrote and performed ‘Cause the Writings on the Wall‘ as the Bond theme for 2015’s outing, ‘Spectre’. The single made it to number 1. Who knows when we are going to see Bond’s next outing.
The writing course was called Zoom with a Brew, if you’d like to read more of my efforts, they can be found here. East Midlands Arts funded the course and created a website containing the submitted work of all the writers.
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