Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail!

Ever heard this phrase? Now, I’m a great believer in spontaneity, but there are times when I do love a good plan. For example, I make lists. If I don’t, I forget things – I just do. When I was a child I’d leave my swimming things hanging in the changing room, forget to take important forms back to school, forget it was spelling day, forget to pack my lunch… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Now I’m an adult I would still forget things if I didn’t make lists. I also plan things, or they’d never get done, and that includes my stories. So many times over the years I have started a story, then got part of the way through before losing the plot (sorry about the pun!). Overwhelm takes over when I’m not sure which way to go; enthusiasm and joy wanes, and I think of another exciting plot to begin! Ring any bells? Tell me I’m not the only one!

The stories I’ve finished, I’ve planned. Every one. So I’m a big believer in story plans. That’s why the course I’m working on right now incorporates writing a story plan (along with a lot of essential technical know-how). I hope you will join me! I’m not quite ready to open it up for sale yet, but will let you know when I do.

In the meantime, why not have a stab at summarising your current work in progress in a sentence or two? It will give you some clarity, so at least you’ll know the end as well as the beginning. 🙂

Have you already made a story plan? Do you like the idea? Let me know in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Janet Wilson

Have a great week,


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