Monday, 28 April 2014

Writing Fiction

I'm doing the Start Writing Fiction course through Futurelearn. Yes, I know I'd started writing already, but I certainly don't know everything about the subject - and the course is free.

So far I've learned that I'm a bit odd in that I haven't always either been a writer, or known that's what I wanted to do. (The picture is of me more than thirty years before I decided I might give writing stories a try)

I'm also very bad about using a notebook. Apparently I should carry one at all times and scribble in it almost constantly. When I expect to have time to write, I usually take my laptop with me. Even then though I rarely make observational type notes. Instead I get straight on with my next story, or add a bit to the novel.

Are you doing the course? Or any other courses? Do you carry a notebook at all times?


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  1. I'm doing an MFA in writing. I carry notebooks around all the time. This isn't for writing fiction--it's for making notes of something you hear you like, or something you saw, or words. It's for randomness, but it can be helpful.

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  2. I'm guilty of not carrying a notebook as well.

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    1. Oh good. We can sit together on the naughty step, Alex.

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  3. No notebook. No planning. No proper drafts. But don't we all do what works for us? Enjoy the course, Patsy. I know I ought to polish up my style/way of working, but somehow I lack the discipline...

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    1. I'm not sure I'll polish anything up, Frances, but it might be interesting to see what's suggested.

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  4. I am doing the course too! I do usually have a notebook with me, I have at least 5, each with different 'themes.' I probably need to try and keep to one for everything really as I forget where they are sometimes! I think it's good to do these sorts of courses, (particularly free ones!) as you never know what you may pick up from others. It looks like it will be very interesting - I'll have to try and find you on there! :)

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    1. I think that's the right approach, Samantha - try it and see what you pick up.

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  5. I carry a notebook most times. It's nice to draw in.

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    1. Good point. I can't do that on a laptop, Henry! (I'm not much better with paper and pencil)

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  6. It will be interesting to see what you think of it, Patsy, already having a writing history - and just think of all the fun you can have browsing the notebooks in Paperchase!
    I do have a notebook - functional, not beautiful - with dividers which I use a lot at home, but I never have one in my handbag. I don't think I'd ever have time to stop and write when I'm out and about.

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    1. It's not aimed at people like myself, Helen so I'm probably not the best judge. btw, I do have notebooks, - I just don't carry them around and make notes in them in the way suggested.

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  7. Gosh - wouldn't have thought you needed a course like that, Patsy! What a cute photo. I always carry a notebook but don't always take notes in it.

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    1. I haven't stopped writing, Rosemary so no, I don't actually need it. I like doing courses and things though and always pick up a useful idea or get reminded of something I'd forgotten.

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  8. I'm doing the course too, Patsy and Samantha. I have loads of notebooks and unfortunately, they are not well organised.

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    1. Maybe the course will have suggestions for that, Susie. Do you find your notetaking useful - when you can find what you wrote?

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  9. No to the courses, Patsy, but yes to the notebook. It's not a very large one but I panic if I forget it.
    That little girl can't be you - where's the red hair?

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    1. I'd panic if I forgot my laptop!

      It is me, honest. Just realised my hair was straight there (that would have been natural I'm sure) I couldn't have a fringe like that now as it'd stick out at funny angles.

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  10. Am doing the course too, Patsy. I have a notebook but only take it to writing buddy meetings, courses and the like. I always have it to hand by the computer too. Am on notebook three, now.

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    1. I do use one like that, Jan. I have some with lists of things to do in.

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  11. I'm doing the course too. I carry a notebook and make notes on my phone to help my bad memory. As Helen above says, it's fun looking at the stationery sections although I have promised myself to buy no more notebooks (or candles) until my stocks are depleted.

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    1. I don't think I've ever bought a notebook, Linda. Kind people give them to me. (And I do appreciate them and use them, even if not in the OU approved fashion)

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  12. No notebooks, no laptops, no paper and pencil. Everything is on the PC, but I don't usually take notes on that either. That's a nice pic of you in the young years, and also in the , ahem, a little older years.

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    1. Good, another non note taker. I knew I was right not to be worried about it, Oscar.

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  13. Ive read through the first week but I'm a little disappointed with the comments system....if i post something, i'll have to scroll through dozens of messages to see if anyone answers :(

    I carry a notebook with me EVERYWHERE lol ;) xx

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    1. The comments system doesn't really work with that many people, does it, Vikki?

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  14. I signed up when I read about it here, Patsy, but haven't had a chance to go on yet. I never carry a notebook though I really should, particularly for haiku, although I do text them to myself when one hits me on the head :)

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    1. Haiku and texts are a perfect match, Marion!

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  15. Aww, she's so cute. And full of mischief I bet. I have a book of some kind, but I write in it after the event. I think it would look awful if you were sitting watching people, and scribbling. Likely to get a mouthful from some people in our town:))

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  16. I always carry a small notebook and a pen with me wherever I may go. Ideas just suddenly pop up out of nowhere and you must take note. Mostly of these ideas are ephemerals and once you missed writing them all down right away there's a great chance you may never remember them anymore later on. Populating your small notebook with random thoughts and ideas is, in my humble opinion, one of the best writing resources available for writers. Smartphones and laptops could best substitute if you find it uncomfortable to carry a small notebook with you anymore.

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    1. I'm sure I do forget a lot of my ideas, Napoleon but as I can't keep up with the ones I do remember I don't worry too much about that.

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