I wake up early, pondering two important questions:
- which of the 25 or so odd books that I’ve got piled up on my little coffee table in my workroom am I going to take on holiday next week? More about that tomorrow or in my Sunday Reading Salon.
- the second one, which is longer term and which I will need to decide whilst I’m away on holiday is whether or not to register for another (advanced) writing course.
Over this last year I think I’ve made great strides and learned a lot – my submitted work has gradually improved from ‘good’ to the ‘publishable’, and of course I’m really chuffed about that. I now am much better aware of the different points of view, the narrative voice which defines tone and attitude, the abominable sin of trying to tell too much, rather than showing, the use of poetic language, the cursed over use of adverbs, lifewriting, and so many more. I have got discussions by authors on my iPod to which I now regularly listen. My last submission, which will not be returned for some three months (THREE MONTHS) is a rewritten first chapter of my novel. I have also submitted a short story for publishing (SHIVER).
Yes, my novel has greatly suffered in all of this, really, in that I have written very few additional chapters and have realised that I need to completely rewrite most of it but have found the angle. So there’s some hard work to do and I am taking my laptop with me on holiday to write.
Another course, however attractive, because I enjoy learning about all this stuff and it helps greatly, will of course have the disadvantage that it’s not only enjoyable, it will also distract from the real thing. I will have to agonise over more submissions, write to order, meet deadlines. I will learn so much more though.
So you see, this is a decision I will have to make – to register for the advanced or not. Any thoughts?