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New week new post

I see a pattern emerging here in my blogging.  Writing at the beginning of the week, then nothing towards the end or over the weekend.

You will however be pleased to hear (I am at least) I’ve finally finished the first assignment for my course.  I just need to proof read it and send it in.  I’m feeling quite nervous about it – I’ve not had anything marked for years.  This will also be the 1st step towards me finding out if I can really write or not.  Although they say anyone can become a writer, there must be people out there that really can’t – no matter how much tuition they are given..  Realistically I know I’m not one of those people (mainly attributed to school grades given to creative writing, but also to people commenting and reading my blog – thanks again!), but I think I would not be human to have slight underlying fears about this. 

The exciting thing about this is that I now get to move on to assignment two.  I’ve not read anything about it yet, so am very excited.  The first parts I think are all none fiction which is quite scary as this is not the genre I want to write but more of a challenge too.  The course has a money back guarantee that you will make back your the course fees in selling writing before you finish it.  That’s an exciting (and terrifying) thought – hopefully I’ll be SELLING my writing.  People will be paying to read what I write.  Wow!

The other exciting thing about finishing is that I now get my ‘reward’ to myself – the new Marion Keyes book.  This means my life will now stop for a few days while I read it.  She never disappoints.  Just need to find some time to start reading it!

You may notice an addition to my blog homepage (if that’s what it is?).   A second page – ‘What I’m reading’.  As I’ve said on it, I want to keep track of the books I read so here it is. I’d like to also give recommendations to others to read the books I enjoy.  The only problem is I don’t seem to be able to add tags to the page.  I need more help.  Please.

I went to the Museum of London last week.  I quickly decided that it wasn’t the place to write about.  I find it hard enough to convey how much I really enjoy something – I’m not sure I could start to consider how to convey not enjoying things.  It wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t the Science Museum (I’m already looking forward to going back there).  It was just a little boring.  It felt slightly like a history lesson with very little interaction and fun.  Still, I felt cultured afterwards.  I’m going to try to visit a museum every month.  See if I can do all the tourist things now I live in London!  I’ll also continually feel cultured. 

On that note I’m going to see the Album Chart show being filmed tonight.  Ha ha!

Pull your finger out girl

At the moment I am pretty annoyed with myself (for the second time in a week, but lets not go into the getting too drunk story!). I’ve been at home three nights this week and done nothing towards my writing course. I go home with lots of enthusiasm, but once I’ve got home and eaten I kind of loose it. I guess it doesn’t help that I get home around 7.30pm. I didn’t do much last weekend either. I need to snap out of this and get on with some writing.

I am going to the Museum of London tonight. Whether I will write about it or not, it sounds like a fun thing to do. Oh god, I sound like a geek. I’m not a geek. (There can’t be two geeks in my relationship!). I’m going to write about it regardless of whether I submit that for the writing course or not. It will be good practice and the more I do the better I’ll get. And if I pull my finger out I’ll send my assignment off and get some expert advice to help with that.

I walked past a bookshop today and saw a Marion Keyes book I’ve not got. I was going to go back at lunch and buy it, but decided I wouldn’t get it today, but ‘reward’ myself when I’ve sent my 1st assignment in. Reward as I LOVE Marion Keyes’s books. Plus, if I bought it today there is no way I’d be able to do anything else for the next few days as I’d just be reading that. Although that might be a good thing as I’m pretty sure the man will spend most of the weekend on the Wii. I am going to have to get into Guitar hero if I ever want to see him. Maybe I won’t then I can write when he’s playing on that. Who says you should write with no distractions? Ha ha!

Speaking of Marion Keyes – that’s who I want to be like. Or Jane Green. I love their books and can’t put them down when I read them. Actually Sophie Kinsella is like that too (need to go and see the Shopaholic film – it can’t be as good as the book though). I want to write books that people can’t put down. That stop everything else in their lives because they just have to read. That make people want to read quickly to get to the end, but also want the book to go on forever. That’s why I want to write.

Just realise I never read these blogs before I post them. Is that a good or bad thing? I’m scared if I read them I’ll over analyse and take forever reading and re reading them. I’ll start re reading tomorrow. Time to go now.

Museum (and geekyness) here I come.

Too much writing

I’ve just written the second half of my assignment one (the first half is saved on another computer) and the word count is 371. The whole piece needs to be 300 – 500 words. Oops. It looks like I’m a little to eager. And the really worrying thing is I thought this was the shorter half (shorter section). From school I remember cutting down words it a horrific job, so I am wondering if I should just start again. I just don’t know how I am going to loose 250 words. I also don’t know how I am going to have time to try over the weekend. I really want to get it done over the weekend and don’t want to miss the 1st deadline I set myself. I’ll try.

Yes, busy weekend coming up. Drinks tonight. Shopping tomorrow. drinking tomorrow night and working (job number 2 – or would that be 3 now I’m writing too? I should really class that as a job. Although the thought of having 3 jobs scares me immensely, so maybe not) Sunday night. Phew, I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in a couple of lie ins and some writing. The boyfriend’s hopefully got a new Wii (free – job work hunny) so I imagine he’ll be playing on that all weekend – will I get dragged in, or will I resist temptation and use the time to write? Only time will tell. Only time will tell.

Writing writing writing

I’ve started the 1st assignment. I had to visit a place that interested me then write a review of it. I visited the Science Museum – LATES. It’s an adult’s only night at the Science Museum in London. I’ve wanted to go for a while and this was the perfect excuse. I had a really good time and have now started writing it up. I think it’s going ok. I’ve probably written half of it. I’m going to leave it for a couple of days then go back to it and see what I think. They suggest that you do that – but more to check grammar and spelling (she says, spelling grammar wrong, ha ha). I really enjoyed the museum. We’ll definitely be going back next month or sometime anyway.

Also for the 1st assignment I need to write in 300 words, why I want to write. Not as easy as I thought it would be. I am planning to get this assignment finished over the weekend then send it off and start on the next one next week.

I’m still finding it really exciting and can’t wait to do more. I just wish I could find more time to write!

The writing course has landed.

Yes that’s right, my correspondence writing course has arrived. I’m really excited. When I got it I wanted to rip it open and read it through. But, my sensible head thought that if I read thought it all in one go I will be thinking ahead all the time and not focusing on the assignment in hand. So I only read the 1st assignment. Even that was a bit naughty as I still have a couple of modules to go before I get there. One of these modules I did today.

The exercise was to write a scene from something I’d observed in the last few days, or a story behind something I saw. Last week on the train there were 2 women who were talking about child birth and the pain (I did actually put my ipod on to block out the details), so that gave me an idea. The scene I wrote was a pregnant woman getting on a tube. When he saw her, a man offered her his seat. The woman next to her then starts talking to her about the baby and her children. Didn’t really finish it which is quite annoying, but I didn’t really know where to take it. It doesn’t help that I’ve never been pregnant to know what they might have been talking about. I also get a bit bored with things after a while. I need to make an effort to stop that – I must make myself finish when I’ve started something.

The 1st assignment for the course is to go to a fair, or sporting event or something that interests me and write a review. On Wednesday there’s an adults only night at the science museum which I’ve been wanting to go to since it started. I think it will really interest me, so I’m going there. Hopefully it will interest me enough to be able to write a good review of it. I can’t wait.

I am just so excited about getting this course started now. Bring on Wednesday!