by Alison Clifford
In line with a previous post about this blog in 2017, this post hasn’t been planned at all. It’s my first ever not thought-out, winged post. For someone who likes to plan…
Each New Year tends to bring out a rash of ‘new starts’ as a result of all those well-meant resolutions. A new diet, a new hobby, a new attitude – it’s a good time for beginnings.
I’ve joined in with a beginning, having launched my second blog, Write Mind, on January 1. Sort of joined in, if I’m being honest. The blog has been a long time coming, so it can’t really be called a new project; just one I’ve finally acted on. Maybe saying it’s new in 2017 isn’t true.
It seems to me that so much of what I do in each New Year is more of a recommencement than a start. I’ve opened up the story I’d started at the end of last year and continued work on it, I’ve continued with my plans for 2017, and the process for publishing my next book has moved to the next step.
When I look at the things I do, I realise that those that are started on impulse rarely carry on. The ones that I think about, toy with ideas for, and have at least a vague plan for, last the longest. My version of acting on impulse is really planning in secret and then acting like it’s new. I could claim that I’ve starting writing at least three books ‘on impulse’, but the reality is those books have already been building inside me, the characters familiar and at least the beginning of the story clear. The impulse is more about not intending to start them right this second, but doing it anyway.
It all seems a little ironic, considering I’ve decided to wing my weekly blog posts! Maybe that plan won’t last, or maybe it’ll teach me to change my perspective on taking a chance. Or maybe I’ve secretly been thinking about the post all week…
Do you prefer to plan, or leap right in on impulse? Do you like to do both? And what works best for you? I’m interested to hear what you think!
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