Studying from home – the key to self improvement

Creative writing online course

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It’s been a while now that I have wanted to do something to better myself. I like to have a project and I like to think that I am constantly working at improving my skills in one way or another, be it for work, home or just for fun. I just need more time in the day, that’s all. Small ask.

Anyhow, I have signed up for an NCC course in creative writing.

I’ve been playing around with the idea of writing a book for years, I have started a few and slowly petered out, unsure of my words and unsure of the path to complete the story but every time I listen to people like JK Rowling, who celebrates 20 years today since Harry Potter first published, I am inspired and my desire to write kicks in again.

Who knows, maybe by the time I am 100 I’ll have something to show you.

In the meantime, I am working on improving my writing skills. I think I have come a long way since my first attempts at blogging. Grammar, spelling, attention to detail and constructing a simple sentence that is understandable have all played a role in this process and I am very aware that I have a long way to go before I will be satisfied with my work.

NCC is an online home learning website that has many different courses to complete; science, culture, health care and business are just some of the sectors where courses are offered. The forensic scientist course shouted out at me but that’s because I love Silent Witness and other similar dramas. I can’t really see myself taking up a career in this sector and I’m not sure I would sleep easy either.

So, I’ve gone for the creative writing course, I’ve completed the first module and started the second, so far so good. I don’t feel as if I have learnt anything new yet but I am looking forward to ploughing ahead and discovering lots of new styles of writing. I shall be looking at poetry, writing for radio, novel writing, life writing, writing for children, non-fiction, scriptwriting (looking forward to this module). I will even have to sit an exam at the end.

The good news is I shall have a certificate if I pass. But more than the certificate, I’ll have spent some quality time improving and expanding an area of my life that I love and am passionate about.

What about you? Would you like to take up a course and further your knowledge? If so, what would you like to study?

Disclosure: NCC has given me a Creative Writing course (without tutor feedback) in return for a review. I’ll be back soon (after 200 hours study) to let you know how I got on.

A few other friends have taken up the challenge and you can find out what they are studying and how they are getting on here.

Mummy Barrow is learning to be a Life Coach


  1. June 30, 2017 / 7:49 AM

    I would love to do more studying but I don’t know where I would find the time. I looked into doing a Masters a while ago but realised I I would have to give up working to do it.

  2. June 30, 2017 / 12:19 PM

    I like the idea of studying from home, but I do worry that I will lack the discipline to keep at it.

  3. June 30, 2017 / 1:05 PM

    How are you getting on? I am kind of struggling to fit it in to daily life, but enjoying it nonetheless! Let’s swap notes at the end of it!!

  4. June 30, 2017 / 5:32 PM

    Oh this is exciting, well done Mari!! Im sure you’ll really enjoy it. Our brains don’t die after childbirth, they still need constant exercise :) x

  5. June 30, 2017 / 7:24 PM

    Wow, 200 hundred hours study, you’re going to be a busy girl Mari. All the every bets with this. Mich x

  6. June 30, 2017 / 7:44 PM

    I would love to do a creative writing couse, I keep looking at them but the cost puts me off. Good for you for doing it though and I’m sure you will get that book written one day

  7. June 30, 2017 / 8:39 PM

    Good luck Mari! I’ve often thought about going into some of my interests a bit deeper or learning something new.looking forward to reading your book when you do write it ;)

  8. June 30, 2017 / 9:52 PM

    My youngest starts school in September and have been thinking to do an online course as will have the time. Will check these courses out.

  9. July 2, 2017 / 8:17 PM

    A great idea. Like the thought of being able to study at my own pace, and getting a qualification into the bargain

  10. July 2, 2017 / 8:32 PM

    I can’t wait to see how you get on with this! I am loving my course, I should probably have done creative writing too but I might come back to that in future. My life coach course is really stretching my mind and that’s what I need now. Also can’t wait to read the book you ultimately write!

  11. July 4, 2017 / 8:36 PM

    Oh good luck! I am tempted to do my MA at some point but have no idea how I would fit it in!

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