Today I began an online fiction writing course run by the Open University.
It’s only an eight week course, and it was free. Yes, FREE! So of course, I signed up for it!
Even though I have already started writing two different novels, I don’t have any journalistic training at all. And I think it shows. So I jumped at the chance to do this. Only one three-hour session a week. Do-able. And… did I say free?
So… as I haven’t made a blog entry for a while, (life/boredom/lack of inspiration) I thought I would try to blog at the end of each week’s session; it might be interesting to chart my ‘progress,’ she says, optimistically! 🙂
Well, here goes…
OU Fiction Writing Course – Week One.
Log on. Watch intro… blah blah blah di blah!
Introduce yourself… Here I am folks! Feel free to dismiss me as a middle-aged, boring, brain-dead mum!
Take notes… Uh-oh! Cramp!
Watch video… *thinks of shopping list while watching, drifts off… has to re-watch 3 times*
Small exercise… write 50-100 words including 1 fact, 3 fiction. Easy!!! (ummmm…)
Listen to published Authors talk about why they write… Ohh-kkkay!
Large exercise… write 200 word character sketch about 1 person from video. No problem!
*drifts off into complicated backstory, not using many of my ‘describing words‘ *FAIL*
Read excerpts from Orwell, and Heller… Why are all the bloomin’ letters jumping about on the screen?
Yay!!! Quiz… ooops, it’s about the excerpts. Go back and re-read. Properly.
Quiz complete… No points, prizes, or vodka given out. I’m a carrot-less donkey.
Compare characters from each exerpt… Yuk! This is too much like school! Jemima Cricket is in my ear, “Wasn’t that the point??” Yeah, yeah, Jemima. *eye roll*
Improve your character sketch, using the methods you have learned from these two Authors… Wait, what?? Mummy!!!
How is everyone managing to fit their re-done pieces into those tiny, teensy little boxes??
And why are some people already getting comments from the course tutors?? Activate inferiority complex now.
End of first week… Yay!!! Anyone for the pub? Oh… right…
Summary of Things I have Learnt from Week One:
1. I am not as clever as I thought.
2. I am more of a writer than a learn-er.
3. I need to do this when everyone is out/asleep/deported.
4. I need a larger pot of coffee before I start. Plus the promise of Vodka later!
5. I LOVE being a student! (Roll on next Monday!)
Now… Where’s that Student bar…