Although I have been VERY distracted from writing here, I have been very busy writing for my MA. I'm studying my Creative Writing MA part time, which means I will study over two years. The first of those 'years' is now finished - a university 'year' passing much more quickly than those outside of it.
Certainly having an MA in Creative Writing is not a prerequisite for being successful writer, and no guarantee of it either, but it has given me a framework within which to explore my writing, and I've benefited hugely from the very generous support of my tutors and fellow students. I've had a fantastic time and I'm already looking forward to starting again in the Autumn - although I am most definitely looking forward to the rest of the spring and the summer in between.
When I started out on this writing ramble, I worried I wasn't creative enough to generate enough 'interesting' ideas to actually write about. I now realise that having the confidence to play around with ideas is just the first step, one I've become really quite good at. However, it's not the ideas themselves but what I do with them that really makes a difference, and studying on the MA has helped me start to understand how I might shape my ideas, and it has forced me to actually commit and actually complete work on a number of them.
I'm not heading for any kind of fame and fortune any time soon but I do feel like I'm making progress in my writing.
That first step - the generating ideas, was one that actually took me an inordinate amount of time. I think it's been about developing the confidence to have a go. It's also about starting to accept that playing around with pens and words is a legitimate activity, not only legitimate but one that must be prioritised.