If you want to write, but just can’t get started, then you’re in luck. The Open University has launched a free, online course, called ‘Start Writing
Fiction’. The course focuses on creating characters, takes place over eight weeks and you only need to spare three hours a week – that’s a couple of weekend sessions or less than 30 minutes a day.
The course tutorial videos feature top authors, including Alex Garland (The Beach) and Louis de Bernieres (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin). You don’t need any experience or a degree or anything. You just need an interest in writing fiction and internet access. The course started on 27 April, so you’ll easily catch up with the first lecture.
I did a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), last year, which was on the future of storytelling and it was great fun. You work at your own speed because the course videos and materials are available, even after the course has finished. An important part of the course is submitting work online, sharing it with fellow course attendees, which sparks great discussions and feedback. It may seem scary to share your work, but it can be inspiring too, so don’t let that put you off.
This course could be a great way to kick-start your writing, so stop procrastinating and take a look at the trailer video and course info here – https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/start-writing-fiction.