When plans go astray.

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I had a personal epiphany this week.

Anyone who knows me or has read this blog before will probably have picked up on the fact that I am a planner. I love planning, I love knowing what the next 897,345 steps are in the process and when those steps should be made. It gives me a feeling of security and a zen-like sense of peace when I have a plan to follow. For me a good plan is better than the coldest beer on the hottest day or the biggest bar of chocolate, or …. I’m sure you get the idea.

But what happens when your plan’s go astray, or when life drops an insurmountable roadblock right in the middle of your plan.

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Why I Write

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Back in October 2016 I was lucky enough to write a guest post on the wonderful blog of Kathy Cecala! A fantastic blog full of wit, wisdom and humour.

I think that it is safe to say that today there are more writers than at any other time in history. Between free blogging sites, and self-publishing sites it seems that you can’t swing a cat these days without hitting a writer of some kind and that is wonderful.

The sharing of ideas and opinions helps us all grow as people and as a society. Whether you write stories, opinion pieces or factual ‘how to’ manuals there has never been a better time to get your words out to such a wide and varied audience.

The only thing that hasn’t gotten easier has been finding motivation or inclination to write.

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What Motivates You?

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A hot topic among writers is motivation. There are hundreds upon hundreds of articles out there with tips and tricks for writers on how to keep yourself motivated or how to rekindle lost motivation. I have read a lot of them over the years and some of them speak to me on a personal level and really help me keep my mojo up.

I have an odd relationship with motivation. I love it when it’s around, it makes my life easier and keeps my energy levels up. On days when I’m motivated I can come home after a particularly exhausting day at the office and all but skip into my home office and write into the wee hours.

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Writing as Release

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I had a couple of less good days this week.

Nothing particularly terrible in the grand scheme of things, just a few days where I really wanted to abandon everything, curl up in bed, read a good book and ignore the world outside until I felt better. Tea would be optional in this situation, of course.

Sadly, I live in the world where there are responsibilities to be met and bills to be paid. So, I could not just abandon my life in favour of my bed, no matter how much the urge came upon me or how crummy my mood became.

Naturally, I tried looking for a solution that did not involve hiding under the covers.

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Writers Block

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Bit of a personal blog today.

For the first time in my writing life I’m hitting a real block.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had writers block before, at least the kind of writer’s block where I sit down of an evening and can’t churn out the words. But this block is different, I am well able to sit here and churn out words, this blog wouldn’t exist otherwise. I’m also having very little trouble writing my non-fiction articles.

This block seems to be entirely related to fiction.

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Unexpected Absence

I’ve been gone for the majority of August!

While there was some time off planned for August (for me to spend time visiting my family in the west country), it was not supposed to be quite as much as it turned out being.

I feel like I’ve been gone a full month when in reality it’s not even been a full three weeks, but so much has happened!

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Nonfiction Editing

As I said at the end of last month, to stop myself losing momentum on my ‘goals’ for the year I am writing a little review of my progress at the end of each month. This report is supposed to show that I’m on track and (hopefully) stop me from getting fed up and grumpy that things never seem to happen as fast as I would like.

But while this might be beneficial to me, it’s annoying as hell to read.

So, I’ve had a rethink and have decided to post a thoughtful little something-or-other based on something that has happened during the month.

This month’s topic …. Nonfiction and editing.

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Writing as a business.

Protecting your writing time

I want to talk about something that I have been noticing more and more lately.

That is people’s attitudes when I refer to writing as work and how to start protecting your writing time.

When drafting this blog, I hummed and hawed about calling my writing work. This is because whenever I refer to it as work, or as my second job, people either openly disagree with me or give me a ‘look,’ the type of look that says “I don’t believe what you’re saying, but I am humouring you.”

And to be frank, I’m rapidly losing patience with the whole situation.

When I mention I write books or that I run a legal advice blog (with full guides coming soon) the usual response is one of support. “Oh, well done you” and “That sounds great.” But what I have noticed is that when my writing, fiction or nonfiction,  interferes with what people want or expect me to do then suddenly, they stop being great and become hobbies.

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