Plotting It Out (To Plan or Not to Plan)

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I have a vision. Like Nature in the poem by Burns, my ‘eye [is] intent on all the mazy plan’.

It wouldn’t be my first. I’ve had more five-year plans than the Soviet Union did under Stalin, one every few months.

But does a writer even need a plan?

It probably doesn’t hurt to have one. Planning helps you identify goals, set your direction and keep things in perspective – good practices for anyone, I guess.

And yet writing is a notoriously unpredictable endeavour. Markets evolve, opportunities arise unexpectedly, ideas come and go, and our likes and abilities change as we grow. Success can spring from a single manuscript and some luck.

Try planning that!

It’s nice to think that we shape our destinies, though, so I’ll go ahead and make my next plan. That way I can relax and wing it all the way.


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