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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.

Thursday 12th

Ok, so didn’t do much yesterday – but baby steps. The course says read and read a lot and lots of different things. So when I was in Sainsburys yesterday I saw The Times sitting there, with a free book – Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Not the normal kind of book I would read so thought it would be good to get. And then also read The Times on the way home. My concentration really wasn’t working and I found the stories I was reading hard to follow. But it’s a good paper to read. Good for me. And I’ve started reading a good paper during my breaks. Read a bit of the Independent and the Guardian today. I quite like the Independent as it was the newspaper we got at the hotel I used to work at, so I am quite used to reading it.

I’m also making myself touch type. Get me.

Am going to go home tonight, hopefully go the the gym, then read some more of this course. It’s really exciting. I wonder how long the excitement will last. Hopefully past the end of the course so I’ll become a writer. Would be so good to make some money doing this – not the aim of it, but would be nice anyway. Actually I guess it is the aim of it – I want to write a book so that I can sell it. Selling things on the way isn’t my aim. But nice if I can. If not, money back so result all round!