Well, it happened. I knew it would happen. Not happy it happened. My organisational plan has had its first major failure. I missed my blog entry last Friday.
So, I guess the first step is to work out why. Not excuses, but reasons. If I can’t work out why it happened, I may not be able to prevent it happening again.
Firstly, I was pre-occupied last week. Following a vet visit, our one-year old dog, Bindi, was scheduled for surgery on a luxating patella. It’s a big operation, so I spent a lot of time researching the procedure and recovery process, including asking people who had the procedure done on their dogs.
The other thing that has been taking up my time is the charity I’m involved in. I do some of the administration for it – and we have been absolutely flat out. Which is good in a lot of ways: lots of fur babies finding homes. But it also means that a lot of fur babies need our help, which is sad. But, bottom line, I’ve been really busy with administration for that.
And, of course, there were general family things. All happy and would not have missed them for the world – but took up time.
So, the next step would be to work out how to avoid ‘life’ distracting me too.
- Family is always going to come first, always, so nothing to be done there.
- Bindi’s operation is tomorrow: while she will take 6 to 8 weeks to recover, I should be able to get into a routine. If not, she is family – so refer to point 1.
- The charity. I don’t know what I can do there. The work is important. I will need to set aside a time of day, or a couple of times a day, when I will do that. I thought I had made allowances for that, but clearly I had not.
First and foremost, however, I have to bear in mind that the whole purpose the ‘organisation’ is to write. And what is important for a writer? Life. So, repeat after me: a writer needs life experience. A writer needs life experience.
The biggest mistake I could make is to let organisation stop my life experience. Does that make sense?
Kerry A Waight - Author
A writer of historical fiction and paranormal stories.