I’ve persuaded Edinburgh Napier University to admit me to their MA Journalism programme.
This is a very encouraging step on my journey to a career in writing, as rambled on about at the beginning of the year. It may even morph into a career in radio or television — who knows? Looks like it’s going to be a wild ride in any event.
I’ve also taken to writing in a little A5 notebook. I’m finding it much easier to actually create something when I don’t have the time-wasting lure of felis LOLcatus and other assorted Internet fauna. Just me, the pen, and the paper. There is something very organic in writing that way. It is as if the writing is imbued with unique qualities. Each letter is subtly different. The loops and curves of my handwritten glyphs. The change in the tempo of the text as I become more engrossed in what I transcribe from mind to hand to pen to ink to paper. The words drift to illegibility as my pace of writing increases — but I can still read it even though no-one else probably can.
I don’t get that with typing into a computer. When this goes live on the Internet, you can only see the errors I missed. You can’t tell what I scratched out, or what I added with a ^. You can’t see the squashed words that had to contort themselves between the already-written lines.
With this approach I’m producing many more first drafts than I previously did. When I have enough, I’ll start publishing them. When I start publishing them, I’ll let you know about it on Waffle Group.
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Wonderful encouragement for me. Total agreement. I have just started, again, writing, with pen and ink, my journal. First inclination was to record electronically, but that would lend itself to contrived perfection. Pen and ink presentation, with mistakes, inserts, crossings-out,seems much more genuine and spontaneous. Is much more rewarding, even when the writing does fade into near oblivion. It then becomes my secret. Break my code if you can, after I’m dead and gone!