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Tuesday’s Tantalizing Talk

Ok, I (now) know Tantalizing’s not a good word for this.  But it works with the alliteration of Tuesday and Talk to make a good title (come on, I am terrible at making up titles, at least it’s not something really boring!).  Get me – I actually remembered that was called alliteration, I obviously did learn something in GCSE English!

My boyfriend sent me this link this afternoon to a newspaper article.  The reason being that it was originally written as an online blog, and the author decided to test how good his writing was by sending it in to the Guardian to see if they’d publish it.  They did.  I love stories like this.  Ideas that ordinary people like you and me (presuming you are ordinary!) can get things published and do well for themselves in the writing field.

When I first told my housemate (who incidentally is also my best friend) I was doing a writing course she was so negative.  She asked why and what was I going to do with that.  She thought that only people who studied journalism at uni are able to publish anything.  Unsurprisingly I’ve hardly mentioned the course to her since.  Her negativity and lack of belief in me is going to make it oh so much sweeter when I get an article published, or maybe a short story, or even a novel.  I’ve just remembered she also said she thought I didn’t have a big enough vocabulary to be able to do any serious writing.  Hmmm.  Friends like these… eh!

I’d forgotten she’d said that.  And not really realised how mad it made me – mad or upset, I don’t know.  At least I do have people who do support my plans: my Mum is the main one, she’s encouraged me forever to do writing, saying that she thinks I can do it; my boyfriend, except for the fact he takes up my time when I could be writing (which I love and wouldn’t change for anything – no ideas on seeing me less there Mr!), he tries to encourage me to do my course and sends me things like the article above that he thinks will inspire me; a friend from work who is also quite into writing, she too encourages me and spurs me on.  It’s good to have people who believe in me.  Especially as I don’t always myself.  I’m learning though. 

There is another group of people who inspire me, as much, if not more than anyone else.  Two groups of people really:  the people who read and comment on my blog and other writers here on WordPress.   I’ve had some great comments on my blog, both for building my confidence in myself and for learning more about writing. I’ve been told on a few occasions that people enjoy my blog.  That makes me happy and makes me want to write more and give more enjoyment to people – after all as writers isn’t that our purpose!  Other bloggers here are showing me the trials and tribulations of writing, that there are others going through what I’m going through, and in the case of those published people – we can do it! 

I wasn’t expecting this blog to be so deep.  I was expecting the usual ramblings. 

I decided this morning that I have to do some writing (other than blogging).  Last night I did some timed writing and just rambled.  The same this morning.  But this morning while doing it I decided I’d do some more later on today, but write fiction instead of ‘Brain Dumping’ (a brilliant phrase I got from this blog).  So I started with the plan to just write for 10 minutes.  I decided I’d write a bit from the mind of the secondary character in my novel ‘Holiday’ – the hero who you will never hear from as it’s going to be first person POV (yes, I’ve made that decision).  I wanted to see if his voice was different to the heroine’s – check I’ve got in his head to know his motivations etc.  This is a (slightly modified) exercise suggested in this blog (writing from another character’s POV, not the timed bit).  Well, that 10 minutes ran on and on.  I finished when I’d finished the scene (700+ words later), not when a clock told me to.  How did it go?  I don’t know.  I’m going to leave it for a few days and read it fresh, hopefully it will sound different to the rest I’ve written for the novel.  It’s hard getting into a man’s head.  Never tried that before.  If only it was really easy – could have saved me so much heartache, he he.

I think that’s a long enough blog for today.  Phew!

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Letters (20/5’s post)

There’s a magazine or newspaper that I’ve read about recently that wants articles from people writing letters to someone.  For instance I read some where the author was writing to their daughter, one where they were writing to their child’s blanket (I did wonder about that one).  It gave me an idea that I could practice writing from different points of view by writing letters from fictional characters to someone in their lives.  So that’s been my writing today.

(so short as I ran out of time)

Writing again

I started writing and researching an article today.  I know the research should come first, but I had a flash of inspiration so started writing.  It probably won’t be the one I send in for my assignment, but at least it’s writing, and who knows, I might use it at sometime in the future.  I see a trend here – for every assignment I’m doing more than one piece of writing.  I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all.

I’ve also started writing about my ‘future’ life, this was a suggestion by one of those help writing websites I found a while ago – write present, past and future.  I’m getting really into the friend detail and have realised I’m really excited about doing this for ‘Holiday’.  I know I’ve started this somewhere so need to find that writing and continue it.  Yay, I’m getting my buzz back.  I knew it was still there somewhere just waiting to pounce on me when I least expected it.  Or more accurately when I needed it back the most.  Yay!

The other day I did a film review.  No idea what I’d do with that, but it was quite cool to read through dozens of reviews to get a kind of idea what they do, then do one.  I’d really like to do restaurant reviews.  I’d be really good at them – having working in hospitality for years I moan and rave about places I go anyway, would be nice to get something in print about it.

Ran out of time to write anymore again (secretly happy as I have nothing else to write).  See ya!

April’s writing

In the hope it would inspire me to do some writing (still can’t seem to be able to find any), I’ve just gone back and read some of the stuff I wrote last month.  I’m actually quite impressed with it.  It’s from when I was doing that writing for 5 minutes every hour; I just wrote, with no going back to check what was there.  Because of this, I thought it would be terrible. But it’s actually not too bad.  Now that’s how to get some inspiration!

I’ve started to come up with some ideas for articles I can maybe write for the second part of my next writing course assignment.  My little notebook is getting some good use!  I just need to crack on with this magazine review so I can start writing it.

I’m 99% sure it’s getting this review done that’s slowed down, no stopped me, writing.  I really want the assignment to be the next thing I do.  I guess I need to start telling myself I can be doing more than one thing at once.

Right.  I’m going to do some writing.  On Friday I was taking some advice I read, that if you don’t know what to write about, write about your present life, all your past lives and your hopes for your future life (as in when you’ve been doing different things with your life).  The idea is that something you write about could be used for a story – write about what you know kind of thing.  I started writing about my present life, but didn’t finish it.  I think I’ll continue with that now.

Planning

My plan for the near future is to start planning.  Today I need to plan going home for the weekend (back to where was brought up – not my home here in the big smoke).  In the next few weeks to start planning my 1st novel (someone said you should plan, not just write what comes out your head.  Shame.  Might work, but that’s probably why I’ve not got anywhere with writing – no planning).  Also to plan where I potentially could sell articles in the future. 

The course suggests analysing magazines, newspapers etc so you know what and how to write for the editors to sell.  I’m not ready to sell yet, but I can do the prep now while I’m not ready so when I am ready I can get straight on with it! 

I’m not very good at planning, so this will be new for me.  I’m getting really into the idea of planning the novel.  I keep coming up with ideas for it.  I think most of them will probably be thrown out, but I’m a firm believer in multiplying thoughts.  If you start thinking creatively you will start to get more and more creative ideas.  I hope.  If I write these ideas down I’ll have loads of ideas to choose from when I need them.  If some ideas aren’t good for the 1st, maybe they’ll be good for the 2nd… 3rd etc etc.

I don’t remember my dreams from last night.  I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end of me remembering and writing them down.  I think I need to spend more time on writing them down and remembering them more thoroughly. 

My touch typing is going really well.  99% of the time I’m not looking at the keyboard – in fact the only time I do is to do symbols, or when at work typing something quickly while on the phone.  I’m being really strict with myself, and not letting myself ever type wrong.  If I type a letter with the wrong finger I also go back and make myself type it again.  I’m going to try that programme soon which tells you your typing speed.  I figure the quicker I type the easier writing will be – I’ll be able to type as I think not have to remember things and slow down my thinking (that may not be a great idea – do I really want the things that come out my head to go on a page without thinking?  Scary thought!)

I’m pretty sure I won’t get a chance to do any blogging, or my course, or writing over the weekend.  Upsetting, but at least I’m being realistic.  Will take laptop and course just in case.  Fingers crossed I might find 5 mins.  Every little helps after all 🙂