Novel writing anyone?

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Is anyone doing this course? I've just started it and figured we could be 'study buddies' of sorts.
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I just signed up for it! No idea what I've let myself in for. What are your reasons for doing the course? I'm off the look at the course materials!
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My reasons - well I want to get into writing and this course caught my eye. I'm only on the first assignment, and I have to say I'm not overly enamoured with the first blueprint-there's numerous mistakes-but I really enjoy writing, so...hopefully this course will help me develop.

What are your reasons?
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Yes a few spelling/grammar issues I noticed, but the content was interesting and not something I had knowledge of before so I will take it as intended.

Personally I am just looking for a creative outlet. I used to be into drawing, writing and music in my teens but since getting into a tech career I find I have become a soulless entity. I started drawing again and have had an idea for a story I want to write but really need a way to push myself to do it. I hope this course will give me a few practical ways to simply start to write, and I'm guessing the feedback will determine whether I'm any good or should stop wasting all this time wishing and wondering!

I have no illusions of making a career out of it, but I want to challenge my mind and give myself something to do in the future in case I'm not at work. I also love reading, so it's natural to want to write the perfect book that I would want to read for myself!

My first question after reading the first module is, how long is this first assignment supposed to take? I'm intending to take a fair amount of time planning my idea out while on holiday next month. I'm not even sure what "in narrative form" means, so I will have to work that one out, too. Some guidelines of what they are looking for in a top quality submission would be really useful. I've never done an exam or piece of coursework that didn't explain the aims and objectives. I might contact the tutor about it.
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Narrative form basically means as if you were narrating it, so basically he did this she did that kinda writing. 3rd person.

There's no time limit so assignments can take as long or as short a time as you want. I don't study full time, but I reckon I've been about a week so far, I've just created my main characters so far, haven't even attempted writing the plot yet, let alone the sub plots!

One thing I did glean when I rang to speak to a tutor, where it says to present the work in manuscript format, you don't have to. You can do it if you want to but it won't get you extra marks. Oh, and the 1000 word target, just a benchmark.
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Hi Celia! We thought we'd just pop in to say there must have been a slight misunderstanding in your conversation with the tutor. Please follow the directions carefully on your question paper. Manuscript presentation is required, and please stay close to 1000 words.
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No misunderstanding on my part, that['s what I was told, so, with respect, maybe your tutors need to correctly advise students :) Just one question, in exams/assignments, when given a word count there is usually 10% either way allowed, so by my reckoning I could get away with 1250, yes? It is really not easy trying to write a plot, two sub plots and character descriptions in 1000 words.

Thank you though for taking the time to correct me, it's appreciated. Nice to know you're always keeping an eye out.
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Hi Celia, we have spoken to our tutors regarding this course and its requirements so that everyone is clear. We do apologise for any miscommunication on our part.

Regarding the word count, of course 1250 is totally acceptable. We just want to avoid students sending in 10,000 word pieces.

Best of luck on your course!
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Thank very much for that
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Hi is 1250 the maximum word count allowed? I've written 3000, I can definitely edit it down by some, but because mine is a sci-fi book and I need to give extra descriptions of the planet and things. Obviously I shall try and limit it as much as possible, but I just wondered what the maximum word count would be? And would I then be penalized if I went over the word count? Thanks.
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Hi Libby,
You'll need to edit it down to keep nearer to the 1000 word limit. Part of the writing exercise is learning to write concisely, so your tutor will want to see that you've met that learning outcome.