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Well, that's novel...

The novel-writing course started yesterday. It was a good start, I think; the woman running it, Rosemary Dunn, is very good, and definitely knows how to write something, at least, because I've seen her reading her work at at least one poetry evening, and her poetry is great...

Nothing too revelatory so far; an introduction to free writing, which I already at least knew about, and the usual admonitions to sit down and bloody write, because that's how you get writing done (as with all good advice, it sounds obvious, really works, and is quite hard to put into practice...)

There was a good exercise at the end where you had to "draw" your novel on a big sheet of paper, which sounds odd but, for me at least, immediately made the strengths and weaknesses of the novels stand out. In mine you could see the two main characters being about fifteen times as big as the rest of the characters, because I've worked on them a lot at the expense of the rest of the cast. Also, my picture was very static, whereas the people who have actually got their plots sorted out properly drew paths/storyboard-type-things which showed the journey of their characters...

So, that was quite interesting. And there will be lots of stuff on structure and plotting to come, which should help out. Now all I've got to do is dig up some time to do some of the homework.

Speaking of which, I've been thinking of knocking the guitar lessons on the head, at least for a while. It seems to have turned into too much of a chore, really. And I'm not feeling very motivated at all. I've hardly picked the thing up for the last few weeks, and I think that's because I should be doing it, I have to do it, etc., whereas I used to pick the guitar up because I just enjoyed mucking about on it.

Maybe I should leave the guitar as something that I just enjoy fooling about with, and don't actually have to get better at for any reason. Everyone needs some pressure-free relaxation time, and that used to be mine, really (maybe because I don't watch that much TV!) I've got a lesson this evening; I think I'll talk it through with my teacher.