Are you a writer struggling with defining your audience, sticking to the rule of writing first thing in the morning or something completely different? Then the answer may very well lie in Discover Your Writing Self.
You may have read the article about my Writing Victory Journal. If not, it is still here for your pleasure to read. In that blog post, I mention an online course, I have taken part of throughout this August. The Discover Your Writing Self from AndiLit.com.
Discover your writing … what?
This amazing course is not another writing course of how to write a book. Indeed it is far from the traditional courses, you usually find around the net. And yet it is the writing course, that has done the most for me as a writer and for my writing life.
For 31 days, I each day received a challenging email from Andi with questions to answer about me as a writer and about my writing life. They were questions that were dealing with how do you see self as a writer, fears, who is your audience, filling your well, how to find a writing schedule, setting goals etc. All existential and essential questions about you and your writing.
They were not easy at all. In fact, after only a couple of days, they shook me more than I have ever been in my writing life, as I had to face my deepest fears of writing.
Going all in
I soon realized that the questions were so demanding, that I needed to spend time reflecting. Each day – whenever it was possible – I spent between a half and a full hour on reflecting and answering questions. That is a quite a lot of time to use after a demanding full-time job, household duties and writing.
Was it is worth it? Oh yes, it was more than worth it. Because of what I learned while answering, but indeed also because Andi took the time to pop insightful and yet kind replies when my answers were vague.
I decided that the course would be my first priority for this period. Even before writing.
A supporting community
In addition to the course itself, you also get to be a member of the Discover Your Writing Self group on Facebook. You have the option to answer the daily questions by email or by posting in the group.
I made from the start the choice to post my answers in the group, as it was natural for me to share my thoughts. That might be because I am an extrovert personality, but even if you are introvert (and many writers are), my advice would be to make the most of the community and share your answers. Why? Because you also get feedback from the other members of the group, and they turned out to be nice and supportive people. I have learned so much from the course and from the members of the group.
Andi Combo-Floyd is the wise and kind creator and leader of the Discover Your Writing Self. She is a teacher, editor, and writer of the Steele Secret series. She holds MFA in Creative Writing and MA in literature.
It all sums up in a writing manifesto
All the hard work came together in the last assignment. Some course members thought it was a hard question. To me it was easy because all I needed was to remember the most important lessons, I had learned during the course. The result was my own writing manifesto.
By the way, the idea of keeping a journal of writing victories came to me during reflecting over Andi’s insisting questions.
Attending the course also had a nice side effect for me, since I got a lot of training in writing in English, but that’s another story.
More coming up
If this made you consider the course, my advice #1 to you would be to set aside at least an hour a day to answers questions and reading the comments.
Advice #2 would be to share your answers in the group (it is a closed group, so your Facebook friend won’t see a thing). If you follow these two pieces of advice, you get full value, and you will not regret it.
Do I hear you ask if there’s a book? Oh yes, very soon, my answer will be. On 1 October 2016, Andi Combo-Floyd launches her Discover Your Writing Self book.
Keep an eye on AndiLit.com for both the book and the next enrollment for the course.
Are you taking online courses for writers? Which courses have you been attending? Share your best course in the comments.