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February 2, 2015

February made me shiver

Filed under: fitter/happier,wordsmithery — Tags: — lexifab @ 5:23 pm

By now I should have a plan.

I mean, I keep feeling like I should have a plan, but the idea of sitting down and plotting out a plan is giving me chills. I already know that I work better to deadlines. Surely the smart thing to do is set myself some deadlines and then stick to them?

Except no, because I can’t quite bring myself to sit down and make a plan.

Making plans is just asking for trouble really. Anything could happen to throw my carefully-crafted schemes into utter disarray. Who am I, thinking I can impose order on an essentially chaotic universe?

Or if it’s not an essentially chaotic universe, what then? “If you want to make God laugh,” said Woody Allen, “tell him your plans.” Hmm, actually I’m not sure I care to take advice from a ghastly old child abuser. Neither of them.

Still, just because I have a plan, doesn’t mean I have to stick by it through hell and high water, does it? I could just make myself a rough guide. A mudmap. A fritzy GPS with a “near enough is good enough” approach to software updates. I could sketch out a skeleton scheme and make changes as circumstances prescribe. Stay loose. Stay flexible. Keep skating and don’t look back.

…oh hell. I need a plan, don’t I?




  1. I think you need to at least identify your next step. How are you going with it?

    Comment by Elizabeth @ Earl Grey Editing — February 6, 2015 @ 3:52 pm

  2. Oh, the next step is definitely to finish all the short stories I have in half-completed or unrevised shapes. The crit group on Wednesday night both helped and didn’t help – everyone thought my story wasn’t as broken as I thought (that was a relief!) but they also all said that it should be part of a novel. Which – okay, so I definitely wrote it to seem like a slice of a bigger narrative, but I was definitely not thinking of it as a ‘chapter one by stealth’ or anything like that.

    As for how I’m going, let’s just say that I have a lot of other stuff that is currently taking priority. I wish it weren’t, but until I clear the decks (more or less literall in the case of the downstairs renovations) I’m going to continue to be making slow progress at best and complaining about it on the internet 🙂

    Comment by lexifab — February 7, 2015 @ 8:51 am

  3. With reference to that Woody Allen quote, God’s omniscience means He is already aware of your plans, and has perfect foreknowledge of your yet-to-be-formulated plans. This is why the whole universe appears to be in a state of continuous total amusement.

    And with reference to your next step, you know that’s too big to be a step, right? It is like the Hydra, where in the time you finish one short story you will generate two new half-completed ones. You need to get triagey on all those half-completed and unrevised stories and throw some to the wolves/grinder. Remember, I am still waiting for fodder for my Gysin-inspired YouTube video of me reading fragments of your work (hint). You need a smaller first step; something like ‘use a pronoun today’.

    Comment by Dr Clam — February 7, 2015 @ 9:00 am

  4. I only take about one in three things that I start to their conclusion. Most of my stories turn out not to have enough of an idea behind them to carry to any kind of conclusion. So there’s any number of abandoned pieces in my stories folder that will probably never get more attention than they already have. You’re more than welcome to most of them if you want them (NB: they are rubbish, or at least, they’re not anything I can do anything with).

    Comment by lexifab — February 8, 2015 @ 12:22 pm

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