It was a string quartet. They came on stage, with their instruments and then ignored the audience until the interval.
The first ‘pieces’ (?) were fine. I managed to stop staring at the ornate ceiling long enough to actually listen to the music. But the next bits were all a bit plinky-plonky. I started to fidget. I almost clapped at the wrong time. I stared down at the (mostly) grey heads in the seats below and counted the number of red jumpers (it was 7).
When we got to ‘half time’ I turned in relief to my companion. “Shall we go to the bar, then?” I said.
He looked at me. “Shall we just go?”
And it’s the same with writing. By all means, try something new but if it turns out not to be your cup of tea, then stop! Write something you do enjoy and don’t beat yourself up.
One of my students, encouraged by yours truly, had a go at NaNoWriMo this year but after a week, decided to say ‘No’ to ‘NaNo’. She wasn’t enjoying it. She felt like she was writing rubbish and wasting her time and she wants to do it next year instead, when she’s more prepared. And that’s absolutely fine.
She admitted that the experience has taught her a lot and the 3000 words she got down were still the most she’s ever written. Nothing’s wasted. But it’s good to know when to draw the line.
We left the Town Hall and went for a drink somewhere else, feeling rather liberated (and naughty).