So - going on from my last post I've taken the bull by the horns and signed myself up for a free online course "Start Writing Fiction" with an organisation called Future Learn and run by the Open University. I loved my six years studying with the OU and have missed it very much. It lasts for eight weeks and the study hours are around 3-4 a week - or more if you want. I'm not totally sure at this point if I want to write a fictional novel as such - probably a bit of fact (historical) and fiction mixed up.
Anyway the order of the day is notes - lots of notes - people watching notes; notes about overheard conversations; notes about body language; notes about different smells, sounds and daily life events. That's my homework for this week - taking a notebook wherever I go so I can build up a picture and create a fictional character.
Incidentally Future Learn have literally hundreds of free online courses, run by different universities and there's so many categories to choose from. Another one I've put my name down for is called "Literature of the English Country House" - watch this space!
Hope you all have a happy week and I'll be back soon.