I’m finally starting to feel better, and that my ‘cluster’ migraine blip has gone. Just in time for the bank holiday weekend – yay! Weirdly though, I was doing LOTS of writing when I was feeling rough, but now I’m better I seem to have slowed down. Hmm. I’ve not actually revisited anything I’d written over the last couple of weeks, so the quality may well be terrible, but at least I was doing something.
I think I should be able to get some writing done this weekend. I’m spending it with the man, but I think he’ll be recovering from tonight all tomorrow, so will give me the chance to actually do something productive. He’ll probably be on my back to get on with the writing course too (he will now I’ve written that). I’m actually planning on re reading the last modules of the course. I think doing that will give me the inspiration to crack on with this next assignment.
I’ve really got into this Ben Elton book I’m reading. It has become a real page turner and I totally can’t put it down. I even nearly missed my tube stop this morning I was so engrossed. I think I’ll have it finished by tomorrow – Friday night TV permitting! I really feel like I’m paying attention to the way it’s written, as well as the story. They say to be a good writer you have to be a reader, but I’ve been wondering recently, although I read a lot, do I actually pay that much attention to the writing? It would seem I now do – and it’s not been a conscious decision, it’s come naturally.
I’ve just had a funny thought. I would be so interested to know how many books I’ve read in the last few years. Since being an adult. It must be 100s. I’d hope it would be 100s anyway. I might when bored on day sit on Amazon (other online book retailers available) and see if I can get a rough estimate. I’d never be able to remember all of them; there have been many times when I’ve looked at a book and couldn’t remember if I’d read it or not. Last Christmas I asked my mum for a book, luckily I was there when she went to buy it, and realised I’d read it a couple of months before. Oops.
I said the other day I was going to do a review of the Science Museum when I went the other day. I’ve changed my mind on this. Partly because I forgot when I was there, so didn’t make any notes about it. Also because we didn’t really do much there. We went to a lecture on Ballistics and ate. Not really enough to be able to compile a review. Oh well. I’m going to Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday or Monday, might do one of that. Maybe.
I see a pattern emerging here in my blogging. Writing at the beginning of the week, then nothing towards the end or over the weekend.
You will however be pleased to hear (I am at least) I’ve finally finished the first assignment for my course. I just need to proof read it and send it in. I’m feeling quite nervous about it – I’ve not had anything marked for years. This will also be the 1st step towards me finding out if I can really write or not. Although they say anyone can become a writer, there must be people out there that really can’t – no matter how much tuition they are given.. Realistically I know I’m not one of those people (mainly attributed to school grades given to creative writing, but also to people commenting and reading my blog – thanks again!), but I think I would not be human to have slight underlying fears about this.
The exciting thing about this is that I now get to move on to assignment two. I’ve not read anything about it yet, so am very excited. The first parts I think are all none fiction which is quite scary as this is not the genre I want to write but more of a challenge too. The course has a money back guarantee that you will make back your the course fees in selling writing before you finish it. That’s an exciting (and terrifying) thought – hopefully I’ll be SELLING my writing. People will be paying to read what I write. Wow!
The other exciting thing about finishing is that I now get my ‘reward’ to myself – the new Marion Keyes book. This means my life will now stop for a few days while I read it. She never disappoints. Just need to find some time to start reading it!
You may notice an addition to my blog homepage (if that’s what it is?). A second page – ‘What I’m reading’. As I’ve said on it, I want to keep track of the books I read so here it is. I’d like to also give recommendations to others to read the books I enjoy. The only problem is I don’t seem to be able to add tags to the page. I need more help. Please.
I went to the Museum of London last week. I quickly decided that it wasn’t the place to write about. I find it hard enough to convey how much I really enjoy something – I’m not sure I could start to consider how to convey not enjoying things. It wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t the Science Museum (I’m already looking forward to going back there). It was just a little boring. It felt slightly like a history lesson with very little interaction and fun. Still, I felt cultured afterwards. I’m going to try to visit a museum every month. See if I can do all the tourist things now I live in London! I’ll also continually feel cultured.
On that note I’m going to see the Album Chart show being filmed tonight. Ha ha!
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).
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.
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!
Yes that’s right, my correspondence writing course has arrived. I’m really excited. When I got it I wanted to rip it open and read it through. But, my sensible head thought that if I read thought it all in one go I will be thinking ahead all the time and not focusing on the assignment in hand. So I only read the 1st assignment. Even that was a bit naughty as I still have a couple of modules to go before I get there. One of these modules I did today.
The exercise was to write a scene from something I’d observed in the last few days, or a story behind something I saw. Last week on the train there were 2 women who were talking about child birth and the pain (I did actually put my ipod on to block out the details), so that gave me an idea. The scene I wrote was a pregnant woman getting on a tube. When he saw her, a man offered her his seat. The woman next to her then starts talking to her about the baby and her children. Didn’t really finish it which is quite annoying, but I didn’t really know where to take it. It doesn’t help that I’ve never been pregnant to know what they might have been talking about. I also get a bit bored with things after a while. I need to make an effort to stop that – I must make myself finish when I’ve started something.
The 1st assignment for the course is to go to a fair, or sporting event or something that interests me and write a review. On Wednesday there’s an adults only night at the science museum which I’ve been wanting to go to since it started. I think it will really interest me, so I’m going there. Hopefully it will interest me enough to be able to write a good review of it. I can’t wait.
I am just so excited about getting this course started now. Bring on Wednesday!