The first week of the course consisted of about 1.5 hrs of MP3s to listen to and some handouts to read. I liked the format - I was able to download them to my mp3 player and listen to them while waiting for Billy at karate and drama. The topic was Point of view (POV) and voice. We had to write an opening paragraph to draw the reader in to read more. Mine is quite silly and would suit a chick-lit or sassy romance type novel - no idea why it sprang to mind, but I enjoyed it. I actually went on over the weekend and wrote the rest of the scene.
I really need to stop writing scenes and just finish something :)
So far in the course, the disappointing thing has been not much interaction between the course participants. Also other than the initial introduction, I haven't "seen" the teacher. I'm hoping that changes from now on - we get feedback on the first assignment this week. I don't envy her that job - there is quite a variation of styles and lengths!
I bought Stephen King's book "On Writing" over the weekend and read it pretty much in one go. Excellent book!
The current plan is to buy myself one of those little netbooks and set it up in the sewing room so I can lock myself away in there to write. I was trying to write in the loungeroom before Billy gets up - but if he gets up early that blows all the plans. I need to be consistent about doing it every day. I'm too tired at night by the time I get him to bed. With the netbook at least I could write in the car while he's at drama etc.
Its hard to find the time when I have so many other things I feel I *should* be doing. So much work to do, "schooling", cooking, housekeeping etc. Writing seems like an indulgence that I shouldn't be doing. I'm really down and on edge today and need some 'me time'..