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Why am I doing this?

This question is the other half of the first assignment of my writing course. Why do I want to write? What do I want to gain from the course? What are my plans for the future? I know, I’d already started answering this question – but this time I’ve done it properly (as I forgot the 2nd and 3rd parts last time).

It’s really hard to answer these questions. I want to write because I always have wanted to. Not really a very good answer. And not really 300 words. I’ve done it anyway. It’s not going to be ‘marked’ anyway – it’s just so they can set me up with a suitable tutor. And so they know what I want to get from the course. But me being me has to make it perfect. I suppose that’s a good thing though.

I think I’ve made a decision that I’m not going to put my work on here. I know I’m doing this to see how I get on and improve etc but think I want to keep the actual work separate. Or maybe I’ll add it once I’ve had it back from the tutor. What I will do though is add the work that I do, but am not sending off. So I think in the next few days expect a review of the Science Museum – LATES. Yes this means I have (nearly) decided I’m sending the Ked Kandi review for my first assignment. I think. I had decided I would, but now it’s in black and white I’m thinking maybe I should send the Science Museum one. I am so bad at decisions. I’d also forgotten the potential 3rd option of the Museum I’m going to tomorrow night. Ahhhh.

On another point, I’ve started reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover again. I had kind of got a little bored of it. It doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and I don’t think I care that much anyway. But I think I should persist. I guess. No, I should read lots and read varied things. This is defiantly varied!

I’m keeping up with reading the papers too. I read The Independent and The Guardian every day. Well, I read the interesting articles from the 1st half of each. I’m now not feeling as out of my depth with them, I can read and take it all in. Also some times I am reading the Times online (the interesting articles I find on that). All good reading.

I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but I feel like I need to know (remember) more words for ‘said’. So, I’m going to skim read through a book (probably more than one) and highlight all the words they use instead of ‘said’. Then copy them all into a notebook, or word document or something so I’ve got this reference. I think this is the best way of doing it, because it will also help with seeing the type of language used in the type of books I want to read. Obviously I’ll be using chick lit. I’m starting with ‘PS I love you’. Great book. Shame about the film – such a disappointment.

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Add another choice?

My boyfriend called me last night and mentioned that another museum had a lates night this week. It’s the London Museum’s turn this week. Sounds like a plan for Thursday. However this leaves me with a dilemma. Do I wait to submit my assignment because I could write an article on this, or go with the one from the Science Museum or Hed Kandi? Decisions decisions. I re read the review of Hed Kandi today, and personally I think it is quite good. I’ve not looked at the Science Museum review (I must admit, I am still a little scared at reducing the length). Does this tell me something? Should I go with the Hed Kandi one and ignore the museum one? Or is that just giving up and I should persist? Or, should I try again on Thursday and hope this is even better (practice makes perfect and all that). I don’t know.

I don’t even know anything about the Museum of London (MOL – might as well shorten it as it seems I’m going to write it a lot) so I don’t even know if it’s something that will interest me so don’t even know if that is a good idea.

Ok, so took a break to find out what the MOL is and it seems like something that would interest me. It’s about the history of London (I guess it didn’t take a genius to work that one out!). ”Transport yourself back half a million years, when lions and hippos roamed Trafalgar Square” – sounds interesting. However, it also has a section on roman stuff (I won’t be using that sentence if I do a review, don’t worry), which my boyfriend is quite into (if his love of Time Team is anything to go by). This doesn’t interest me as much (in fact hardly at all). Maybe this isn’t a good idea. I was thinking that he’d looked at it and offered to take me because of this new found love I have of writing about anywhere I go – now I’m wondering if he’s doing it for himself or me. Mmmmmmm. Either way, I’ve now got a plan for Thursday (and it’s free – my favourite price).

Too many choices

I found out this weekend that more people read my blog than just my other half. This really excites me, but also really scares me. People are reading what I write. This is the thing that scares me about writing – other people reading it. This is the reason that only the man and my Mum know about my blog. This could create a little problem when trying to sell writing and novels. How can I be scared of my biggest ambition? I do worry myself sometimes. (Thanks to the people who are reading this – hopefully over time I will conquer this fear!).

I’ve now done 2 different versions of assignment one. Over the weekend I went clubbing to Pacha (Hed Kandi – woo hoo!) and for the whole night I couldn’t get the thought out of my head about what I would write if I was reviewing the night (the assignment is to review a place I visit that interests me). I wasn’t sure if reviewing a club would be appropriate for a writing course, but then realised that people do review club nights in magazines, so why not give it a shot? So yesterday I wrote assignment 1 – mark 2. This time I managed it in the right number of words (just – only by cutting out the last sentence).

Now I need to decide which version I should send as my assignment. Decisions decisions. I’m going to read through them both tonight (maybe re write the Science Museum one to cut down the words – maybe go through cutting out words) and see. My problem will come if I read them both and like them both. I have never been good at making decisions on things like this (I can’t think when I would have been in the position to make that kind of decision before). If something’s good I want to use it. Lets just hope one of them isn’t good.

My other problem (I swear I just make them up for myself) is knowing whether to ask other people’s opinions on the articles to see which they think I should send in (or what they think of them). I really think I should make the decision myself as the course is all about me so I should be deciding. But I want opinions. But then if I get opinions I might change things to go with their opinions, which might make the course pointless as they are giving me judgement and help on my writing, not someone else’s.