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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

Wow, a semi decent title.  It’s only taken me seven or so months of blogging to get one.

I’m going to the Science Museum’s adult only night tonight.  I’m so excited.  It’s reminded me that my first visit there was in order to write a review for my first writing course assignment.  I wrote it, but it was double the length it was allowed to be, so in the end I went somewhere else and reviewed something else.  After sending the assignment in, I said to myself that I would continue to review places I went to, for practice writing different things.  I haven’t.  I think I might do one when I get home tonight/tomorrow.  I’ll definitely make notes on it anyway!

I left my book at work last night, so no reading on the tube home or coming to work this morning.  Don’t you just hate it when that happens! Especially when you’re reading a really good book.

I’m trying to practice touch typing, but it keeps making my arms ache.  I must be doing something wrong.  I need to find out the ideal sitting position to type, and do it.

I did some free writing this morning.  It turned into something very strange for me.  It was the beginning of a thriller. What?  Something that’s not chick lit?  Whatever is the world coming to?  I don’t think it will go anywhere as I can’t imagine I’d be able to think up enough to go in a thriller story.  I do envy good thriller writers, I can’t imagine being able to think up something that keeps readers on the edge of their seats for a whole novel.  Maybe one day, who knows where my writing journey will take me.

I’ve just found out Marian Keyes has a new book coming out in October.  Oh my god, and Cecelia Ahearn.  That’s my Christmas presents sorted!

Ok here’s something I’ve been meaning to write about.  And something I feel I’m missing.  Have you notices that a huge number of chick lit authors (the main ones I read) are Irish?  Is there something in the water over there that makes them amazing story tellers?  Would I have more success if I was Irish?  Should I move over there and pretend I am?  It’s strange isn’t it!

This is not a good idea.  The library I joined yesterday has an online catalogue.  I’ve just spent the last 10 minutes looking at it to find books, I’ve just added loads to my ‘to read’ list.  Damn, I’ll never get though it now!

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Making progress

I’ve just realised we’re half way through the 5th month of the year, and I’ve read I think 1 maybe 2 books all year.  That is terrible.  If to become a writer you have to read read read, looks like I’m not going to get there.  I blame the writing course.  I also blame my job for the hours for not giving me time to read.  I did have a long list of silly things I blame, but I didn’t think it was really funny enough to take up the space.  I MUST READ MORE.  That’s the long and short of it. 

The problem is, if I start reading a book, whenever I do that I’m going to feel guilty about not doing the course.  I need to prioritise.  Or find more hours in the day?

I sat down at my desk this morning and decided I’d do some work on ‘Holiday’.  I opened word and started typing.  Wow.  I had so many ideas.  I planned on writing a brief on the main characters, which I did start, but I got so many other ideas while I was there I’ve now got about 5 different sections on the document with different ideas of things that can go here or there.

I keep getting ideas, but then evolving them so changing them, but then really like the 1st idea.  How do I decide on which one to use?  I am terrible at making decisions when it comes to cutting things out.  Take the 1st assignment for my writing course.  It started as a review of the Science Museum Lates, the first draft was 500 or so words over – not too good when it should have been about 500 total.  But I wanted to keep it all in rather than cut bits, so what did I do?  Start another review of somewhere else, keep in the word count and use that instead.  Another thing I need to learn!

When taking a break from ‘Holiday’ I found a blog on here with a ’10 minute writing’ prompt (http://thesunlitdesk.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/free-writing-exercise-2/).  I did that and am quite impressed with what came out.  I do love these writing for small lenght of time things.  It worries me it’s because I don’t have to finish them and  I think I’m pretty scared of finishing things.  The main thing I need to concentrate on is that I’m writing.  That’s the most important thing at the moment.  🙂

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.

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!