Friday, 15 July 2016

Life Begins!

Graduation Day

We did it! On 21st July the class of 2016 graduated from Nottingham Trent University! Being typically English, it would be shocking for me not to mention the weather. I'm glad to say that we were very lucky to have such a beautiful day. I am one of these people whose mood is greatly affected by the weather and graduating in the sun just made my day perfect!

I graduated with a 2.1 in English with Creative Writing. For someone who loves writing as much as I do, the course was brilliant. I was thoroughly taught the art of writing and was given the freedom to explore different techniques within this. We mostly worked in workshops where each of us would bring a piece of our own writing to read out to the group. This opened up the chance to give and receive constructive criticism and praise and really allowed us to hone our skills to get the best out of our writing.

One thing I have learnt is, that as much as I enjoy writing fiction, I am also a very visual person and am definitely going to turn my hand at screenplays! Hopefully, starting by adapting the short story used for my dissertation into a short film.

So, here I am! Graduated, full of inspiration and motivation and looking for a job! I feel like I've got so much I want to achieve but with very few avenues open right now. So, instead of moping (like I did a bit yesterday) I've decided that I've got to get out there and find these avenues myself... then force myself down them! It is really easy for me to get disheartened when I have so much enthusiasm to succeed but very little opportunity right now. I know it takes a lot of time and hard work but I always have had big dreams and aspirations, probably before my time.

This is why I decided to start blog writing again. Other than writing fiction and screenplays I feel like I need a creative focus that can be heard now. I loved writing my blog before and, being a social person, the sense of community it gave me. I named this first blog post 'Life Begins' because that's really how I'm feeling right now. I feel like I've got the world at my feet, now it's just down to hard graft and motivation for me to really make my mark!

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