I travelled to the UK in 2015 to study Project Management and to get my IELTS score, what should help me course Business and Administration the following year. I had a great plan, a great (although tight) schedule, just the right amount of money, the right energy, the positive thinking and the confidence of a 23-yo whose loving family was always supportive of her realistic goals.
I. Had. Everything.
But the will to continue.
(Sigh) I guess life is full of surprises!
There, in a small city near the British coast, among castles, beautiful vistas, sceneries, mashed potatoes and an enthralling history, I felt I would never complete that Business and Administration Course; I knew I would go back home (broke, after spending all my money) and write. And write. Then write.
I knew I would become a writer.
And I did! I was still in England when I started my first novel, “‘My Sharona’ your ass!”
—and ignoring also they have completely different structures and grammar rules and slang words and idiomatic expressions and etc—when writing in another language, you have also to consider your readers, your characters, the place they live in and, mainly, their language.
But… My English, at the time, even though I’ve been studying it for ages, was not in its best shape, considering how little and how dully I used it. Who needs Creative Writing techniques to write a contract or manage a project, anyway? Continue reading About writing in another language—and how it helped to improve my Native one.