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In my last post, I told you that I’m too stubborn to quit writing. Stubbornness is a trait that runs in my family, for better or worse. Stubbornness can be a virtue or a vice, depending on what you choose to be stubborn about. So while I may be too stubborn to quit writing, I have realized in the last few weeks that I need to stop being stubborn about the way my writing process works.
You see, I’ve always been obsessed with plans and goals. I like to plan out my day, my week, my year—my whole life, even—in meticulous detail. But about eight weeks ago, there was a family emergency, and for the past eight weeks now, all my plans have fallen apart: especially my writing plans.
So if I’m ever going to get back to my old self, I need a new plan. I call it a Writing Recovery Plan. Given that it took me eight weeks to get to the point I’m at now, I figure it’ll take about eight weeks to get myself back to the point where I was. So what will I spend the next eight weeks doing? Well, I don’t know. The plan is, essentially, to have no plan.
Maybe I’ll start writing Tomorrow News Network again, or maybe I’ll start something entirely new. Maybe I’ll write a bunch of sciency stuff for the blog, or maybe I’ll blog about something completely different. I don’t know. And for the next eight weeks, I’m not going to worry about it. I’ll simply let the muse point me in whatever direction she likes and see where that leads me.
At the end of my eight weeks, I’ll have to make some decisions. I will never quit writing, but there are other aspects of my writing life and writing career that might need to change. But that is not something I want to talk about or think about today. Today, I simply want to tell you that I’m back, officially. I’ll be blogging again on a weekly basis, covering topics that are… to be determined.
So next time on Planet Pailly, I’ll have something to say about something.