However, in my teens I became incredibly inhibited. I hated my handwriting and my self confidence was at an all time low. I also concluded that poetry was too obscure and elusive. (Pam Ayres reignited my interest in poetry and I soon realised there were other poets that I also enjoyed). It took me years to become re-acquainted with my own writing self-belief although I would write privately from time to time. Nevertheless, writing seems as compelling as breathing or eating at times for me, so it never went away.
Having had my writing ego stroked by friends and family I recently took an OU Creative Writing Course and to my HORROR found there were elements of my writing that required developing and polishing!
Okay, so I naively thought I'd sail through with a 1st.
Admittedly the course has been invaluable, though not without its ups and downs, which I will share with you in the next post. My ultimate aim has been to submit stories and poems to writing competitions and magazines that are worthy of publishing! Fingers crossed and thanks for listening.