From my archives
The concept is sound, I thought. I would use April to launch my novel writing project. Now April 20, 2015, I am less sure. The outcome is not what I expected. The plan that I expected to outline hasn’t happened. The start point has not emerged. Planning may just well be another term for procrastination.
I know what’s going on. It’s fear – plain and simple that has me stalled. And the cure for that is to begin. I have no plan but I don’t need one. Many of my stories have been written without a plan as I use the D&D method. Discovery and Decisions in turn has served me well in the past. And many of my stories have been written without a plan.
One of my writer friends describes writing as involving bum glue -place butt in chair in front of the writing project and work. I have heard the advice ‘Stay in the room’ -work through the difficulties. So here I go: in the room and on the chair.
Fear isn’t particularly simple, but it is manageable. I expect to have some fear/anxiety/nervous energy about writing and I have decided to welcome it. Calmness might be seriously over-rated. Calmness might be the opening theme for boring. In the past year, I have learnt a few more things about planning as well.
· I now use sub-goal plans. These sub-goals are tiny steps that I give my attention to.
· I enlist accountability buddies. At the moment, a friend and I are exchanging weekly logs that include the plan and the outcome.
· I step back and view my actions as if from an outside observer. Today, I see that I have checked my weekly log and I am writing a blog essay. And the outside observer things works too as I imagine what I would do if I were moving towards my goals. What I imagine often makes it onto the list of things to do.
· I take another angle if a goal is eluding me. I was stalled in the goal of ‘make an outline’, so I borrowed one and made modifications.