Anyway, applying my knowledge to 'Drowning', one of my short stories, I can deduce the questions I should, have been asking were:
- Did a real life event or reading prompt this story? What was the initial spark?
- Discuss the political / social issues around disability in children.
- Analyse other fiction on the subject of euthanasia / childhood disability. What research did I do?
- Discuss theories of narrative. How did they help me focus the story?
- Reflect on any other theories (e.g. philosophical) that inspired the story.
- Consider the planning and structure of the story, and the creative decisions I made e.g. POV character, tense, time.
- Explain the motivations of the characters.
- How did I anticipate the reader would experience / interpret the story?
- What feedback did I receive and how did I use it?
- What didn't work (also what did) and why?
- What have I learned through writing and rewriting this story?
Having been on my university's mature student's course, I can now identify the library and the main buildings. All I have to do now is enrol on Tuesday and head off to my faculty's welcome meeting. I feel a tiny bit better prepared.