The bank holiday weekend has proved productive in that I now have a fairly satisfactory draft ready for my next short story submission to the OU course. It is such hard work to do this well, this story writing I mean, the more I learn about techniques and style and the difference between telling and showing, the more clumsy I view my own writing to be. Nevertheless, there’s the challenge.
This week, some time, I will write a review of my first book in the Neustadt Challenge, Max Frisch Homo Faber, which I found a real page turner and I am pleased I took him as first on my list to read. I am glad have got a list of non-English authors to read through – they provide a different perspective that keeps you on board with the rest of the world.
And now I must start the next assignment, which is going to be a rewrite of the first chapter of that novel that I started last year. In fact, I have realised I need to rewrite every single chapter, all in the light of my newfound knowledge (wisdom?) of what good writing consists of… A job and a half, in other words.