In the next week I will be starting a new and exciting chapter in my writing life. It will definitely be crazy with a captial ‘C’ for the next two years as I will be starting two Masters programmes related to writing. Yes, two!
This was never my intention. I applied for a place on Manchester Metropolitan University’s Creative Writing course and when I didn’t hear anything back (it’s a very reputable course and I wasn’t expecting an offer) I applied for an MA in Comedy Writing from Falmouth University because I’ve recently started writing more scripts.
Imagine my surprise when I found out with a few hours I had been accepted for both. I never thought I would have to choose between two great options. I wrote out a list of pro- and cons, which is my usual go-to when trying to make a life-changing decision, and was seriously leaning towards the Comedy Writing when I found out a short story I’d written had been accepted for publication by an online magazine. It was only then I started to think about doing both.
It’s not a decision I took lightly. I’ve done research, talked to friends and those that know me, looked into how I can reduce my working hours with my day job (if necessary) and how I can fit everything I need to do in my life with taking on such a massive amount of studying. It’s going to be tough but I’m up for the challenge.
The quote that made me realise I can do this was:
Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.
This is exactly how I feel about storytelling and writing and, if I want to have a professional career in writing (and I have since I was about 10) I know I need to stop procrastinating to do something amazing to change my life.
Now is the right time to start this. A few years ago I wouldn’t have the confidence to even consider this. There will be doubts in my head along the way I’m sure but I have my plans if things get too much and, more importantly, I have great people around me who Iknow will be championing me to the finish line and on to achieving what I have always wanted to.
I can’t wait to get started. It’s going to be a roller-coaster. If you hear me screaming, it’s only because I want to go faster!