I was so lucky in my allocation of a tutor, she has been great and all my assignments come back in a week to 10 days max. So I didn’t have too long to live with the positive kaleidoscope of butterflies in my stomach!
Just googled the collective noun for butterflies and loved this one!
I felt like a schoolgirl all over again as I opened my e-mail from my tutor. The trepidation was incredible! Her kind comments and encouragement were such a tremendous boost, phrases like “presentation excellent” filled me real confidence that I could do this. also she picked out one particular phrase that I had sweated over for hours and described it is as ” a rich description”.
That was it, I was off, finally I could be a great writer I just knew. My head was pounding with story lines and ideas – there was no stopping me.
I surged into the next assignment, studying and desperately trying to research magazines and ideas for articles.
This was where I met the brick wall. I have never read magazines, only ever books. The price of the magazines that are available here in Spain was disprportionate to the exchange rate and that was an issue as I am not yet a wealthy writer! I was flummoxed.
I came up with an idea for a wedding magazine article but that was as far as I got. I kept longing for the opportunity to write stories.
After my account of the 3 Kings Parade I had sent my assignment to my good friend Anita who had accompanied me in the name of research. her kind comments did include the slightly bemused ” I am not sure if we attended the same procession though as your account seems much more exciting and colourful than the one we attended!”
I had acknowledged that my factual assignment had contained mostly fiction re the characters I described etc.
Bearing this in mind I contacted my tutor and poured out my heart!
With ease and encouragement she advised me to switch to fiction and come back to the article writing at a later stage.
I now acknowledge this as sound advice as I now feel I could much better attack the article writing and the fiction work so far has exposed me to magazines and I am now an avid mag reader!
So by mid Feb I was back on track and raring to go. Bring on the story ideas!
Gotta go, the sun is beckoning and I must have my daily dose of vitamin D or I will lapse into a creative stupour, or thats my excuse anyway.
watch this space for the next installment!