As you know I started a Writers' Bureau Journalism course back in October 2009 and I'm still going with it now. Only my enthuasism for it dwindled when I received what I thought was a bit of strange advice in the feedback I got back on one of my assignments. It's made me reluctant to write the next assignment. But I'm determined to carry on regardless to the bitter end! It was nothing drastic but having submitted and had published many articles I'm not sure the advice I was given helped really.
This begs the question: do I need to do the course? Well yes, I think I do. I've read all the course material through and I've learned a lot I didn't know before. And I've had some good feedback on the assignments I've done. So I just have to grit my teeth and get the next assignment finished and sent it. Once I get on a roll again I know I can finish this course before the year's out - which was the original plan. The school summer hols are coming up soon so I'm hoping to get assignment three and four and five (5 weeks) done before school's out and six, seven and eight in the holidays themselves. That will give me three months to get the rest done!
What I need is my fellow bloggers to keep me on track and kick me at regular intervals to make sure I ruddy get on with it! No excuses - no mercy! Will you do that for me? Ta!
I'm interviewing some morris dancers on Monday for a couple of articles and also I'm going back soon to the lovely amateur dramatic group I spent some time with last year and wrote a couple of articles and a review of one of their plays, so I'm looking forward to that (thank you Mike!)
It's my writing group meeting on Saturday - time to get my fix! I always feel energised and enthusiastic about my writing when I've been there - I think it's everyone's successes we hear about and the general buzz is infectious!
Don't forget to let me know if you want to join my private blog and join in the debate and look at published articles to see what we can learn about how to improve our own articles. I've posted one of my published articles, the original pitch and the manuscript on there already but so far I'm Jilly No Mates in there ;0) So come on - someone keep me company please! I'll make a nice cake and we'll have a brew while we're at it.
Good luck with your writing!