Start writing fiction: characters and stories
Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories

8.4 The next steps

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DEREK NEALE
Well done! You’ve nearly completed Start Writing Fiction.
You will hopefully now know more than you did about what creative writing is. You’ll have picked up on the importance of character, and be aware of the importance of reading, using a notebook and editing.
This course is designed to give you tools that help with your writing. But eight weeks is such a very short time, and it can’t be more than a starting point.
Writing is an ongoing activity, and the only way to develop as a writer is to keep doing it.
We hope you feel inspired by the work you have done so far, and that you’ll use the ideas we have explored here to take your writing further.
You may wish to more creative writing courses – in which case take a look at The Open University website.
Whatever the next step, good luck with your future writing projects.
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Now you’ve started writing fiction, where will it take you? The only way to develop as a writer is to keep doing it.

Start writing fiction is designed to give you tools that help with your writing. But eight weeks is a very short time, and it cannot be more than a starting point. Writing is an ongoing activity, and the only way to develop as a writer is to keep doing it.

We hope that you feel inspired by the work you have done during the course, and that you’ll use the ideas we have explored here to take your writing further. Find out how Creative writing is taught [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]  at The Open University. You may be interested in continuing your learning by pursuing a qualification in English and Creative Writing:

Well done for completing Start writing fiction! Whatever the next step, thank you for your contributions to the course and good luck with your future writing projects.

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