I promised an update on the course, but first I would like to thank so much those who have continued to ‘stick’ with me during this time, even when I haven’t been able to blog or visit half as much as I would like.
It really never ceases to amaze me the generosity of this blogging community. Trying to balance writing (or should I say rewriting…), blogging and managing the stuff of everyday life, remains a constant challenge.
The course gives the first hour split into two half-hour slots for two people selected each week to read an extract from their work in progress. We have to make sure to have ten copies of our work to hand out so others can read along and if they wish, write comments and feedback on them. After a short break, there is an opportunity to share a shorter piece for the others.
I have read twice and the helpful and positive feedback I received from both the tutor and a few of the other writers has been very encouraging. This is the first time I had ever read out my work in front of a group of ‘strangers’ and although a nervous wreck before hand, as I read on, I gradually felt more confident.
I hadn’t realised just how tough it would be, but I can see the benefit of doing so. Reading my work out loud to myself (or sometimes to hubby if I can corner him, poor man…) is a good way to edit, but reading to a group is something quite different: my writing feels more tangible, the prospect of actually finishing the book and heading towards publication more real.
Listening to others read and gleaning advice from the tutor’s feedback on the different issues that come up is also helpful. But the problem is there is no time to ask specific questions.
Now I’m back at square one: working on those dreaded rewrites, ongoing since last September. Some of you have asked how the memoir is coming along (again, thank you for your interest!) which encourages me, especially when I feel ‘stuck’. Writing a first draft was a breeze compared to rewrites. I know that now. But I’m gnawing my way through to the core of the story, to the parts I really need to tell. If only for a few more hours in the day, if at all possible…
This is not without the help of my friends and fellow memoir writers bringing their knowledge, shared experiences and encouragement along the way, for which I am more than grateful:
Irene is writing a weekly Memoir Monday on Tuesday series (as a follow on to Lisa’s Memoir Monday updates) in which she explores the process and mechanics of memoir. I highly recommend her posts for anyone writing memoir.
Speaking of recommended posts, but on a completely different subject, friend and published memoir author DG Kaye, recently asked this in her extremely helpful and timely post: Is #Windows 10 Hijacking Your Computer? If you’re having a problem with constant pop-ups to update to Windows 10, then I say run, don’t walk to Debby’s site; she gives us great advice to cure this problem, her hard work and research saving us the trouble. I did…thank you so much Debby!
Back then to London and my other reasons for going: not only a family outing planned there later in the summer, but I’m off again tomorrow for the Annual Blogger’s Bash. A huge thank you to the four committee members Sacha, Hugh, Geoff and Ali who have done an amazing job of organising it. I’m very much looking forward to seeing ‘old’ friends and meeting new.
You can read Hugh’s hilarious post about the Bash explaining how you can join in even if you can’t make it on the day. And of course, wishing all the nominees for the Blog Awards all the very best.
A wonderful weekend to you all and I’ll do my best to catch up better next week.
Love Sherri x