Just in case any of you are wondering what I've been up to, I've been writing my regular web content and studying my children's writing course. The first lesson was sent in last week. It was quite easy. I had to write an autobiographical letter and write a story for Lesson One. I wrote about a young girl who was afraid of storms. She lived in Tornado Alley. She braved the high winds to rescue her younger brother and they made it to the storm cellar of an abandoned property just in time.
My tutor sent the lesson back, saying I was a strong writer but the plot needed a lot of work. She gave a few suggestions and I revised the story. I'm very pleased with it now. Since that time I've been studying lesson two and completing the mandatory reading. It was enjoyable and I learned a few things about writing for kids that I didn't know.
Tonight, I tried in vain to put a first draft together. My tutor gave me the leeway to send in anything I'd like. I really want to send in a historical fiction story that is based on legend, but am having some problems. The main character is a girl and though the story is interesting I'm trying to figure out how to get some dialogue into it. Her act of bravery is something that she does pretty much on her own.
I am a bit frustrated and maybe I'm being a bit too hard on myself. I am so used to writing from the heart and just putting my words to paper that when they won't flow, it drives me to distraction. This is going to take a while. I'm glad she gave me a month to do this assignment because I don't see it being easy. I may end up changing my mind about the subject matter but really want to write this. The story is one that I love and I'm sure that many young girls would enjoy it as well. Wish me luck and if you have any pointers, I'd be glad to hear them.
A cold front has moved into our area and we even saw a few flakes of snow this afternoon. The temperature dropped 20 degrees in two hours. I've gone back into hibernation. I hope the weather in your area is nice, so that you can enjoy the weekend. ~Blessings, Mary~
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