Turn Your Concerns Into Stories

One of the exercises on the Future Learn course this week is to make a list of our “concerns” as this willΒ help us build up a self-portrait of who we are as writers. It will also help us to become clearer about what matters to us, as these subjects are bound to crop up in our writing.









Ok, well you know me, I’m game…heres my list…

  • The safety of my family
  • Sleep problems
  • Fear of death
  • Love and protection of animals
  • Hatred of infidelity
  • An interest in the supernatural
  • What makes people tick
  • Cooking/Baking
  • The Victorian Period
  • Memories
  • Art
  • Love
  • Good over riding Evil

Wow, thats a big old list lol…but im sure i can just keep adding to it. So what does that list indicate about me as a writer do you think?

What would be on your list?

33 thoughts on “Turn Your Concerns Into Stories

  1. My list is similar to yours, especially fear of death. Wasn’t like that before, it recently changed in the past year. This is a good exercise/idea, think I might write some of mine down.


  2. That’s an interesting list Vikki. You share a lot of my interests! I would add mother/daughter relationships to this. I’m just about to pop over to the OU course and start reading and writing. It’s an excellent resource isn’t it? Makes me wish I could do their MA…some day…. πŸ™‚


    • Thanks Edith πŸ™‚

      Thats a good one to add, but mine would probably be “Parent Child Relationships” i’ll have to add that πŸ˜‰

      Blooming expensive isn’t it! 😦



  3. I think it was Bradbury who said take the thing you fear the most and write about it. That list would be a great starting point for a story as anything you write about that will be quite raw and visceral.
    I should make a similar list, what a great idea!


  4. Love the quote…have written it down for future reference. Right now I have big concerns about grief, death, living alone, soul searching, love…real true love, abuse, and living…truly living.


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  6. My list would contain losing my boyfriend who has to go back home to Germany in a few weeks, me going insane because of this loss, starvation of people around the world, violence and torture, and safety of my family and friends. Interesting and thought-provoking post, Vikki!


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