I found Caren Kennedy on Twitter. I was able to suss her out. I tweeted her once saying she had a cool profile picture, she zapped backed “That was taken by my soon to be ex-husband, I was looking at him thinking how the hell did I get here.” Authentic –tick!
I read her web site and learnt she wrote and sold her TV treatments to Warner Brothers. Winner –tick!
She is now a guest blogger on my favourite writing site. Her first post was how she turned a real life experience into a TV treatment. Unlike some bloggers who think this medium is for therapy and puke their rants on us poor readers, Caren was able to use her life experience and actually make it interesting and dare I say it entertaining. Talented – tick!
I have been looking to do some sort of creative writing course for a long time. But I struggled to find “The One.” I’m a Generation Y, MTV kid who has watched more TV and movies than she has ever read books, so the thought of having to mix with literary types and talk about books….ahhh No Thanks!
When Caren ticked all of the right boxes I signed up for her course. I asked her some questions about it and she summed it excellently by saying “you write every day and have a lot to say for yourself so of course you would be able to partake…..my course is about writing visually”.
The power of this course is in its structure, convenience, price and delivery (its on-line). There is a kinetic energy to visual writing and for the first time in my life – her lesson plans actually do what they preach (and trust me…I have done a LOT of courses!) Her course is punchy, it’s connected the words to images, it enabled me to the finish my first assignment and do really well.
1. Love to learn and do a course like Carens‘.
(Character + want) / obstacles = story
3. Don’t try to impress or show off – write what you know, with words you know.
4. Edit till it hurts, then delete, edit, re-read, print off, read, ask someone else to read, edit and then publish.
5. Dream big and walk tall!
You that phrase; “those who can’t teach” well in relation to Caren its’ “those who can have a duty to teach.” Maybe someday when I write some sort of a TV treatment or book or you might even pop along to my book signing. I don’t know much but I know one thing for sure…..if I keep learning from Caren then you better watch this space for my future successes. Dreamer – tick!
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