Something happened to me this past month that has not happened to me for a very long time and perhaps even ever. I just wasn’t into reading. As you’ll know I’m usually a pretty prolific reader (considering I don’t get much free time between the small boy and work and the rest of life). At first I thought it was just that I was extra tired (but no, not really), and then that the books on my pile just weren’t really that great, or at least not what I felt like reading. That’s not usually a problem for me – I read wide and varied – but I’ve just come home from the library with a bunch of books that I’m pretty sure I really, really want to read – including a couple of “easy” reads (a YA novel I’ve heard is great, for example) that I’m hoping will get me reading “properly” again, instead of just a couple of pages in bed at night before deciding I’m “too tired”.
That’s one part of my update – and I’m very keen to hear in the comments if you’ve had your own reading slump, and how you got out of it – but the other part is much more positive. I’m starting a short Creative Writing course on Monday! Through Facebook I won a competition run by the Sydney Writers Centre – using this photo to explain how I snatched some little bits of writing time (considering I won’t let the small boy watch TV yet):
… and as a consequence I got a voucher towards the cost of a course. Too good to go to waste, I thought, so I enrolled in their five-week Creative Writing Stage 2 course (online, of course – no Sydney holiday for me!). According to the course blurb it sounds like there’s quite a bit about character development, structuring and scene development, which I’m very keen to think more about. I’m also excited to be doing just a short course (not too much commitment required!) so that I’ll be doing some more regular writing and thinking about writing – I’m sure I’ll find that very motivating, much like when I took part in Sage Cohen’s Poem A Day challenge in January. So keep your fingers crossed for both my reading and writing!