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Do You Know Where You Are Going?

(said the Cheshire Cat or in my case, Simba)

'And Do We Need To?' I can hear you all groaning through the Prosecco infused fug of the New Year celebrations. And although I know I enticed you in with a cute kittie picture, it is that time of year and I'm not talking about resolutions, which it seems to me, never get off the starting block. Reading this article seemed to confirm that. It's the way it's packaged.

However, as writers (or indeed in most aspects of our life) we need some kind of plan for the year ahead. If not how do we know if we actually trod the path we visioned, or indeed took a different route? Big, small or indifferent ambitions makes no matter, as long as you have some kind of notion of where you'd like to go. 

Along with the usual rules about setting goals (the old adage of SMART) I also came across lengthening this system to becoming SMARTER. The E stands for Evaluation, so regular maintenance checks on progress or otherwise. The R is for Re-adjustment, which means that plans can and do change.Makes sense to me.

Here is how the conversation really went with Alice and the Cheshire Cat...

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

So, the forum for our Writing Plans for 2018 has been set up, let us know where you are going... if indeed you are. Happy New Year to a wonderful bunch of writers, but most importantly I raise a glass to our friendship. 

 

 

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