Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Writing Magazine May Have Given Me The Answer

Assignment 6.  The bane of my life.  

Actually, all of my non-fiction assignments have felt like that.  I suppose it's a mixture of knowing I have two articles to write, and working out what to write that I believe will be of interest.

Well, I may have found the answer today.  While my delightful little cherubs (yeah, right) were at 'Sticky Fingers' I was swimming 42 lengths in the pool, then heading up to the cafĂ© for a cappuccino - because I don't stay in the pool for 2 hours, I'd look like a prune - and trust me, I feel like jelly even now.

I took my Writing Magazine with me - it's the only magazine I read cover to cover  - and I read an article about writing 'think pieces' while supping my coffee.  A way to express your views, opinions, in a humorous fashion.  They need be no more than 350 words, maximum 750.  I won't bore you with the details, but the article gave great advice and even suggested magazines that take these types of articles, two of which I have purchased, so I can do my research.

But gosh... I'm always thinking of things that either bug, annoy me or I feel passionate about.  This just seems perfect. 

I think what I find hardest about these assignments is the research - sitting down and reading magazines!  It's not something I've really ever done, because 1) I couldn't afford them and 2) I'd rather be reading a good book.  So I find it hard to make the time to do this part of my coursework.  Like I said, the only one I truly make time for is Writing Magazine (which is worth the investment if anyone else is thinking about subscribing to this magazine).

The expense of buying all this 'research' will be justified if, hopefully, one day, I get something published and of course, paid for.  But I do not regret subscribing to Writing Magazine (and Writer's News, though I do tend to fail to read that one).

Anyway, feeling inspired today... roll on 7pm, once the kids are in bed and I can crack on with some writing!

In Other News: I'm going to give my friend Lisa a plug.  She's just started her own blog... and for some strange, peculiar reason, I was her inspiration (which I'm totally flattered by).  Writing is another thing I've become so passionate about, so let's all welcome Lisa into the fun world of writing.  Because once you start, you just can't stop...