Let’s get this out-of-the-way first: I didn’t enjoy the poetry writing course as much as I did the freestyle writing course.
I found myself not wanting to do the poetry assignments. They felt forced with too many demands for just one piece to be completed in too short a time. I know, there’s no obligation to write every day and there’s no rule that says that you have to use all elements of the assignment. Maybe it was the way the assignments were formulated or that there was less additional information in a FAQ as we had with writing101 where the moderator was very active in the Commons.
I finished only six poetry assignments but I did 21 from the free writing assignments. Those numbers speak for themselves. The free writing course was four weeks but despite that, it held my interest and kept me going.
Another thing that I liked about the writing101 from last September was the daily email with instructions. It was simple and clear. The FAQ and tips were posted on a special blog (the Commons) so my email inbox wasn’t overloaded.
And now what? NaNoWriMo?
I did reactivate my account so technically I’m game again. I am not going to write something new. Instead, I will use the word count for an existing case that I plan to work on during the month of November.
One thing I plan to keep up is the haiku prompt challenge from Ronovan on Mondays. Ronovan gives you two words to use in a haiku. He writes a summary post on Sundays with a recap of all the participants with links and comments. If he can, he adds Twitter names as well so you can follow your fellow bloggers. It is a great way to meet new bloggers and to get visibility for your post.
If you know of other free online writing courses, let me know.
If you did writing101 and writing201 let me know your thoughts about the assignments.