The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon

The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon
Shortlisted for The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize

Friday, 7 December 2007

Back to School...well, kinda

I am finding it increasingly difficult to dedicate the kind of time to writing that I need to. I am far too crow-like for my own good. It's like - alrighty then - here we go to work on short-story X or to flesh out a chapter in novel Y and then all of a sudden something shinny comes into my field of view and I'm distracted and done.

Life will always deal me distractions so I need a constructive way to force myself into a set schedule for writing. I know myself well enough to know that in order to do that I need real deadlines, sooooo...

I have decided to sign up for a fiction writing workshop with the Elora Centre for the Arts.

The workshop is held weekly for a couple of hours every Thursday night for 10 weeks. There are assignments and exercises due each week so getting into a writing schedule will be necessary. The challenge for me will be to stick with it and build upon it. The instructer looks kind of cool, too. His name is Micheal Hale and he had a novel published back in 1999 called A Fold in the Tent of the Sky. The book is apparently about a bunch of psychics, time travel and a psychopath...all good fun for girls and boys. I'll have to visit the library before classes start in January.

It will be fun to get out and meeting new people and who knows, I might actually learn something in the bargain.