Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Dentists and semi-colons

What an awful day yesterday, well up to a point! Leaving work in the pouring room didn’t help, and then having to pay for pain at the dentists made it even worse. I was tired anyway so of course I was a little emotional, and getting drenched and pulled about in the dentists chair probably didn’t help things out!

So as you can imagine I didn’t want to attend my novel writing class yesterday. This was especially because I had sent the first chapter of my novel to the rest of the class last Friday, for them to have a good read of, and dissect it into tiny little pieces. But thankfully my boyfriend saved me; took me home, dried me off and sent me off to my class.

And it didn’t all end in tears because my class went better than I’d predicted. After a not very inspirational start, I couldn’t write or think straight, one because my mouth felt like someone had hit it and two because I was scared they were going to tell me to scrap my first chapter, when I’d worked so hard on it!!

….But phew they didn’t, they did pick holes in it; my overuse of semi-colons (oops done it again!) and my changing bed spread, from floral patterned to crisp white in a matter of minutes; but they’re all very changeable. On a good note they told me that my main character, which I tell from her point of view, has a very good and believable voice, I describe her emotions well, describe the setting and also the environment around her (a big socialite party in this case) very well!! So all is good –la de la de da – I can sleep at night now knowing that I’m actually getting somewhere and going in the right direction. Just have to work on the word count now. I’m aiming at about 2,000 words this week – which I know doesn’t sound like a great deal, but I’m very busy with my non fiction writing, oh and there’s valentines day. My man is making me a meal tomorrow night, then I’m taking him on the London eye on Saturday, with Champagne and chocolates, cant wait! Hope you all have a great one too.


Helen said...

Hello! Thought I'd hop over to your blog. My feature writing class seems to be going ok so far. I'm doing it distance learning. We get about ten assignments I think and we have to complete one before we go onto the next. There are also online lectures. I'm enjoying it so far but I'm only on assignment 3...You can attend the course as well at the school and it is affiliated by the NUJ I believe.

So what is your non fiction writing?

Novel Girl said...

Oh that sounds pretty cool!My course is at the City Lit, its a freelance writing class, I go every wednesday, my tutor is really good!At the moment I'm writing career guides but I'm working on lots of other peices too!

liz fenwick said...

Welcome o the racers! Two thousand words would have been wonderful last week since I have done none but now this week I must find focus. Must find focus......

A. Writer said...

Hey! I've added you to my myspace although I don't check it much!

Thanks for the comment on my blog! Good luck with your writing!

I'm hoping to send my MS away to agents in April! Eek!