Creative Corner, I’ve neglected you. Since my last posting, I have struggled with Writing Skills Part 2. Thanks to the summer holidays, it’s more to do with finding the time to sit and study whilst family, teenage children, in particular, need to be organised and fed at various times of the day – I seem to be constantly restocking the fridge, cooking, cleaning and chauffeuring.
Enough of the mundane! Back to creativity! Having been extremely nervous about my first assignment I was pleased and encouraged by the feedback from my tutor:
You have submitted a rich variety of work, both prose and poetry, and have engaged closely with the course materials in Unit 1. Your prose extracts were particularly impressive. You demonstrate a flair both for a first person narrator and an intimate third person narrator. You will find more opportunities to explore point of view in Unit 3 but I’m encouraged by the deftness with which you have handled both in this assignment.
My tutor also recommended a couple of books in the mystery and suspense genre: Give Me Your Heart by Joyce Carol Oates, a collection of short stories which range from first person and third person and The Lighthouse by Alison Moore, both writers use suspense and mystery to excellent effect. I also like how Joyce Carol Oates describes some of her characters which I found useful for my next assignment.
On the subject of suspense, one of the best books I’ve read this year was Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. It’s one of the most spine chilling and riveting books that I’ve read in a long time. A tale of love and obsession with terrifying consequences, it kept me up long into the night and the early hours of the morning. There were times when I was almost too afraid to read on but just had to. I love how a writer can make the reader feel like that.
My next assignment is due in a few weeks and I have enjoyed for the most part the exercises so far. I do find myself paying more attention to people and jotting things down in my notebook – it’s proving a trusty companion on my travels! I’ve also read the chapter on characterization in The Creative Writing Coursebook which has proven helpful in developing my short story.