A magnificent Melbourne day greeted my (small) red wine hangover this morning – everything all reds and golds and blues. Did a rare weekend city sortie in direction of writers’ course.
It was so stimulating to think and talk about writing in a group of people. Different people at different points of the journey; people shyly sharing their ideas for their novels – some embryonic, some with 25,000 words on the board, some fully realised but in the middle of the revision process. Such a cross section of people and ages and styles too. The ‘aha’ moment for me was in the exercises we were given by our lovely tutor, to eke out more the characterisation and conflict. e.g.
- what does your character do when they wake up in the morning?
- where do they wake up?
- what do they have for breakfast?
Just the mundane, that is so informing of that character and helps you (writer) get to know them. Really useful stuff.
I have a lot of work to do.
Running update: 4.3 k. One blister on foot (left) plus discovery that one dog that doesn’t like running after 2 k (Bob).