Hey, book lovers.
So I’m trying to get back into the swing of writing on here, and trying to consider some things I could write about, since I haven’t written a post in so, so long. Last year I posted about my units for my first year, and since I’m going to be heading into my third in just over a month, I thought I might as well talk about my second, too… (Elipsis used for emphasis, here, of course.)
So, here we go. This year was more difficult, I found. I think I found the units more enjoyable, though. It was just trying to juggle everything that I found the hardest. I’m hoping I’ll manage a little better this year!
Again, we had the four units, each with two assessments due. But they spread the deadlines out more, leaving smaller gaps between them, which I found confusing, at times.
Creative Writing: Research Into Writing
This was one of our core units. For this unit, we focused on our own writing and the way ideas developed from the beginning. For this, we weren’t allowed to have thought of any ideas first- it all had to be done from scratch, to show the ways they went from something very small to something larger, and more specific. For this unit, I chose to write a story on Bletchley Park, something I had always had an interest in, being from Bletchley myself, and it went well, becoming a romance.
I liked this unit a lot. First, there was a proposal essay, where we were asked to discuss everything we had thought about and researched with our pieces so far, and I managed to get a B+ on this, somehow. It was a good one to write, I put a lot of effort into researching the time, which made the story more effective to write. I even made a trip to Bletchley Park, which helped a lot with developing my characters, especially my protagonist, Eva, and James, the soldier she comes to love. The story itself was 7,000 words and eventually became the beginning of a novel, because there is too much to think about in such a large subject.
Writing Horror and Dark Fantasy Fiction
This was one of my optional units. This year, we were offered a chance to choose two out of three of these, Horror, Scriptwriting and Innovative Writing. I loved this unit, and most people on my course took it. There were two pieces. For the first, and don’t judge me too much here, I was just experimenting with the genre, I wrote a piece that mixed sex and death. I won’t go into the gory details too much, but I kind of liked it, and I was told it was one of my best pieces that my lecturer had seen, which was saying something. Imagine a doctor with dark intentions, and a young woman who has become so taken over by grief that she wants to become her dead twin sister. Vile, of course, but strangely intriguing to write. My second piece was a ghost story, about a woman who lost her life in the Victorian times, to murder, and wanted to avenge the man’s family by possessing his distant descendant, Camryn, a photography student who stumbles across an old, abandoned theatre. Again, this was a lot of fun to write. Sometimes, you just have to test your limits and write the story, I suppose. I don’t think horror is my strong point at all, but it was good to experiment with the genre.
This was my second choice out of those optional ones for the year. I liked this one a lot. Our first assessment was to write a ten minute short film of our choice, the second a twenty minute short film. For the first, I wrote about a young girl who receives a futuristic doll for her birthday, a talking, moving doll which she talks to and tells everything, and a doll who comes to take over her life by the end of the story. This was difficult to write, but I enjoyed it a lot. My second film was a romantic comedy short film about a girl and a guy who don’t realise they see each other romantically until they are stuck in a lift together.
Poetics: Theory Into Practice
This was our other core unit, where we were asked to discuss and show the ways in which we see our writing. For the first piece, due at the end of the second term, I wrote a portfolio set in a dystopian world, called Verenia, a mixture of short stories and poems narrated by different characters living in that world. The second was an essay explaining how we feel about our writing, which I wrote about the origins of how I had come to write, and how much my influences helped me improve and develop my skill.
University is an amazing experience, and why not spend it doing a course you love? I couldn’t have chosen a better degree for myself, and I honestly mean that. Now, to keep writing.
As always, happy reading!