After being postponed at the start of December, the second weekend of the Young Writers course is due to take place on the 17th, 18th and 19th of February, back at Eden Court.
I've been in a creative kind of mood today and have felt like writing for the first time in a while, which is perhaps why I've been thinking about the course.
When the new dates were sent to me, I replied almost immediately saying I'd go. The more I think about it today, however, the more I'm unsure if I really want to go.
I'm unsure of what I would 'get' from it. While the first weekend was interesting and, and definitely gave me things to think about, I'm just not sure what the second weekend would bring that hasn't already been brought. We would get feedback on the script as a whole, with what we've written between the first weekend and when we go back, but it's not really an idea that I'm overly enthusiastic about at the moment. While I think the potential is there for it to be a great story, I haven't found it in me to want to tell it.
Listen to any 'professional', and you'll be told that if you want to write, you have to write. As much as you can. It won't all be good, but you have to write. The more you write, the better you'll get, the better you get the more chance you've got, etc.
Before the first weekend, I had my doubts about going at all. That was more down to how I felt about my writing, and when I ended up going, it did give me some confidence, which was great. My doubts about attending the second weekend aren't related to confidence though... Maybe they are, but it's not the same feeling I had last time...
Do I want to spend a weekend travelling back and forth to Inverness, spending the money getting me there and back, the long as hell days, up first thing, not getting home until late, only to rinse and repeat the following day, to have actors perform what I've written?
It's definitely a great opportunity to get a better sense of what you've written and it helps to better visualise it all, but still, I'm just not sure it's worth the time and effort it takes.
I'm not going to say No just yet, and I may end up not saying No at all... But, yeah... I'm just not sure about it.