If you write and send stuff off to publishers, it bounces back after a few months with a standard rejection slip. Sometimes you get a few comments – “you’re an illiterate halfwit.” “Stop wasting your own and everyone elses’ time.” “You might find a position as a dustman.” “This is so crap.” All carefully designed and thought out so as to encourage you.
Futurelearn is different. You get feedback from other wannabe authors who are happy to tell you, immediately, that you are an illiterate halfwit.
I’ve posted my “poorly constructed and ill thought out” efforts below in the hope that someone can learn from them.