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I hate titles

Honestly I do.  I love writing this blog (it is after all writing).  But every time I start I have this dread, ‘oh no, I have to think of a title’.  It’s much easier when there’s a main point to the blog, you can base it on that.  Today’s has no point, it’s just the thoughts coming out of my head.  I’ve called enough blogs ‘Random thoughts’ etc that I’d probably bore myself to death if I called another one that (and I’m way too young to die!)

If I write the blog, thinking that I’ll make a title up after, I always forget to add one.  No title is worse than having to think of one.  Maybe I could start calling them ‘No title’.  I could have ‘No title 1’, ‘No title 2’…  Could get a little boring though.  And repetitive.  Like I’ve told you before I never repeat myself. 

Moving on.  I read an article in the Independent today about a new machine a bookshop in London is getting.  It will print and bound any one of HALF A MILLION books for you in 5 (yes FIVE) minutes.  They’re hoping to increase that to a million in the next few months.  I’m really impressed with this idea – and surprised no one has invented this before.  Just imagine if every single book ever was on there.  You’d never have to traipse round bookshop after bookshop looking for the book you want/need/desire.  Although I do love book shops.  Walking round looking at all the books I’d like to read.  Adding them to an ever expanding list that I will never get through even if I started now and didn’t stop until I died.

I went hunting on the internet today for ideas of something to write (yes, I could have worked on Holiday, but felt like I needed something else to write at that time).  I decided I’d click on the 1st link and do the 10th idea they had on their 1st page.  1st page had 9 ideas.  The 9th one had 4 sections so I decided to do the 2nd on the 9th, which you could kind of call the 10th idea.  Anyway, it was to start a story with..

Blueberry yoghurt slid unapologetically off the spoon and down the front of…’

 

It took me a while, but I’ve come up with a short story.  Well, I have 100 words written, but a 500 word plan of a short story (it’s a very detailed plan).  I’m going to try to finish it over the weekend.  I might even put it on here when it’s done (see if that will give me a push to actually do some writing on a weekend – something I’m not managing at the moment!).

I’m doing the magazine analysis for assignment 2 (slowly).  I’m currently counting how many words each article is.  I know there’s cheating ways to do it, like count how many in one line then multiply that by how many lines there are in the article, but for some reason I want to do it accurately.  So I’m counting every single word.  It’s really quite annoying.  This is just magazine one.  I really need to do a few copies of each magazine.  I think for the assignment I only need to do one, but to analyse properly if I’m going to try to sell writing to it, I need to do a few.  At least there’s plenty of adverts in the 150+ magazine.  Imagine if it was front to back articles – ahhhhhhhh!

They say this article I am producing for this assignment may be the 1st piece of work that I try to get published.  I am so scared of that idea.  I don’t feel  like I’m ready to get something published.  I’ve only been doing this for a few months, surely I need longer?  Eek.

Anyway, will move that thought from my head and start thinking about the weekend.  Yay!!!!

Have a good one 🙂

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And now for the planning…

I didn’t do as much of my course this weekend as I would’ve liked.  Or as much reading.  Oops.  To be honest it was to be expected.  I never do that much over the weekend.  I managed to find time to do some gardening and playing on the Xbox though, tut tut me.  At least the gardening is worth it (carrots and lettuce in a few months time!).

 

I did start reading Module four of the course.  One section of it was on titles.  YAY. The Bain of my life (in writing anyway).  It’s still going to be very hard for me to make them up.  I’m going to try doing them at the end of the piece of writing not the beginning (just use a working title while writing) because then I’ll know what I’ve written about.  What I also need to do is plan my writing.  At the moment I just write what write as I go, which to be honest I’ve always known was wrong but now I’ve been told!  So planning is the way forward! 

 

I also stated to read my new book – This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.  I’ve not found it as engaging as I usually find her books from the off.  But, it’s written as kind of a diary and a lot of the sentences start without ‘I am’ (e.g. it would say ‘Back at home’ not ‘I’m back at home’) and I’m finding it a little too… casual maybe?.  I’ve just realised it’s written in the present tense (I think – I will need to check that).  Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying it – it’s a good story, and I’m only hearing one person’s view at the moment – there are three more to come. 

 

On Friday I was messing about on the internet, I wanted to write something, but had no idea what I wanted to write.  I found this site that suggests things to write to improve your writing, ranging from rewriting a fairy tale from another person’s perspective, to writing an excuse for not working today.  There’s literally 100s of ideas.  It’s such a good website.  Not that I’ve actually done anything from it, but I will.  If I can work out how to add a link I’ll add it (if I can’t it’s creativewritingprompts.com). 

 

I’m going to make a plan for this week.  Things I want to achieve this week.

  • Read modules four, five and six of the writing course.
  • Make notes on what I will write for assignment two (this may be harder than I think as I might need to do a lot of research before hand.  If I do, this can change to doing the research for it).

 

That seems to be my list.  It looks so short and easy.  I bet it won’t be.  I have decided I’m going to make notes on the course in another note book for easy reference.  I keep saying these things.  I need to start doing them!