Sunday, 1 July 2018

Your New Fresh Start

Let's Make a Plan 

Hello and welcome to the First Draft Cafe.  I haven't said that for a while, but it feels good to reconnect. So this post is meant to get you thinking about what you've been up to in the last six months, yes, I know, non of us can believe we're half way through 2018, but the truth is, we are, so let's take stock.

How's that list coming along? You know, the one you made on January 1st? Along with lots of other good intentions. Are you still on track? Or has your focus shifted? Or have things gone totally out of focus?

Let's begin with plans that have changed. I imagine there are quite a few people who have altered their writing plans. Six months is a long time, and much can happen.

It might be that you don't want to write a novel anymore, perhaps you've discovered you want to write poetry instead, or your personal commitments have altered, or you've decided to go backpacking and can't fit your laptop in your rucksack. Whatever's happened, have you been able to push the re-set button and replan your writing life?

Or have things gone completely out of focus for you as a writer? It can easily happen. Or are you a little lost and just need to take some time out to re-focus on what matters to you now?

Whichever camp you fall into - have a look back at what you've achieved already in 2018. If it's a lot and you're on-track that's great! If not, all is not lost, we have six months to create. And to have something to show for our efforts at the end of December. So come on, make a start, take time out during this week to start making your new revamped plans. The sooner you do it, the sooner you can knuckle down and decide how your going to get there.

Find somewhere quiet where you can make yourself comfortable, and have a look back at those January notes. Ask yourself, 'Are they still relevant?' If they aren't then spend time thinking about what it is you really want to do. It's a tough question and one you might not have answers for right now, but you'll get a feel for something that may have possibilities, or maybe you'll decide there is something you don't want to do anymore.

Remember, you're the boss of you.

If you want to get things moving you will. Make a plan, and let this be your new fresh start. Like I said right at the beginning of this post, it's good to reconnect.

More about making plans in my next post. Have a great week folks and do share your thoughts with me in the comments, I look forward to hearing from you soon. .


  1. I didn't get nearly as much writing done in the first half of the year as I'd have liked. There are a variety of reasons for that, but I think the main one is that I was drifting, flitting from one thing to another and losing sight of what I wanted to achieve. I've got that focus back now and am moving forward again.

    1. It's easy done. It's hard to focus sometimes - good to hear you're on the right track now.

  2. It's a good idea to take stock half way through the year, Maria. I'm still writing but my gallivanting life was curtailed a little recently!

    1. Ah yes, I think you call that a curve ball. Hopefully, things are improving for you both now, and there will be lots of future gallivanting to look forward to in the years to come.

  3. Lovely to see a post from you Maria, and it's so positive and upbeat. You're right, there are six months to accomplish things. I have managed to escape the house and go to a handful of literary festival events. At the first one, a little local festival I was really inspired to fit writing into my life regularly. I've been so busy with freelance non-fiction writing, and waiting for time to write fiction, the months were ticking by and it was never getting done. So since 1 April I've spent at least a little time on fiction every single day. I am better at not missing a day if I make it a self-imposed rule that it has to be every day. Sometimes it's only ten minutes, but I was at another event the other day and one of the writers said at the very least, that ten minutes keeps you up to date with where you are, so that when you do have a block of time you don't have to go back and refresh your memory. So far I've been to three events, and this evening I'm going to a writers meet-up for the first time (hopefully, if I can escape!) which I'm really excited about. I find it all very inspirational and motivational. So I was going to start my comment by saying I hadn't done much so far this year, but actually things are slowly moving in the right direction. Hope all is well with you. CJ xx

    1. Hey CJ, I'm so pleased you are getting out and about feeding that creative writing itch - And fab you are writing fiction!

  4. I have failed to write anything so far this year...but....the holidays are here! Watch this space!


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