I can't see me ever getting the chance to write plays seriously, though I'm finding it enjoyable and quite easy because character and dialogue is the bit of writing that does come easily to me. But I was right in that the course's focus on theme and structure has been helpful for the fiction writing.
It has revealed, for instance, that in my story The Witch's Cat (rejected so far by several places) I fell in love with my Nice Prose and therefore couldn't see that the story didn't work as a story. I still think it contains some good bits of writing, but good writing on its own isn't enough. Anyway, I am in the middle of dramatising it (for the purposes of the assignment), which has sorted out the plot problems, though I don't know whether it will be worth re-writing the revised version as a story. I certainly won't do it until the novel is finished because that must come first.
With regard to sad lack of progress on the novel, I blame the general End of Term Busyness. My brain seems to be full of all sorts of other stuff and it's pushed the novel out. I had hoped to have a complete first draft by WorldCon and I'm patently not going to achieve that, but at least it should be finished by the end of August.
Meanwhile it seems that everyone else is overtaking me, announcing book sales and interested agents wanting manuscripts. Do I feel my competitive spirit stirring at last? Will this finally spur me on to finish the damn first draft and start the revising?
But in the meantime, I have 6 more pages of a play to write.