Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Grand Plan!

I've just returned from a glorious week in Dorset with my family. It was a lovely time for relaxation and reading. I thought my current WIP would plague me (see post below) but instead I gave it very little thought and was busy thinking about the next one.

It also gave me time to focus on my goals. You may have noticed I'm a woman who likes to have a plan. Since I started this blog I have set myself goals to try and achieve. Last year I wrote updates but this year I decided to concentrate on the novel. It's meant I'm a little behind but I'd much rather get the novel finished.

The TTD List - A few more items to go!
The great news is - I will soon gain many more writing hours! I work part-time and these hours are normally split over five days. In two weeks time I will be swapping to the weekend role so will only work two days a week. This is going to make a massive difference and I will be writing, more or less, full time.

I can't tell you how excited I am about this as it will free me up to start on numerous writing projects. For now the focus remains on the current WIP for submission to the New Writers' Scheme.

I realise I am very lucky to be in a position to do this and it is only because I have a wonderful husband who fully supports me. It is not something I advocate for every writer. I am not published novelist and I do not an agent (yet!) so it could be seen as a foolish move BUT...
  • I took a massive drop in salary when I left my job in physiotherapy for health reasons. It was a decision born out of necessity but it has taught me how to live on a very low salary. 
  • The drop in my hours and salary is a very small one compared to last time and my outgoings are now significantly less to make up for it. I wouldn't do this if my finances weren't sorted.
  • For me, this is very much like returning to University. I consider this whole process to be a learning curve and even though I can't afford a University course I'm treating it exactly the same. A lot of self-directed study.
  • I couldn't work harder at this if I tried. I found it a struggle when I started out but now I squeeze writing in at every given opportunity. Having the extra time will mean lots more writing and re-instating occasional housework and socialising. 
To celebrate the occasion I have a new magnetic red chalk board for Big Midge (the fridge) to join the yearly list. I will be chalking up my weekly plans for the joy of wiping them off again. Sad, I know!


  1. Go for it! That's what I'm doing more or less, and it's not foolish! One day we'll get there xx

  2. I think some people just give up work and figure they will be a writer - that I think is foolish - so you're right. This plan is different. We both know what it involves and what we need to do to get there and no giving up work completely.

    We will get there - no doubt ;) x

  3. Hi Catherine - I'm in the same boat. Lovely hubbie wants me to fulfill my dream. Never worked harder mind! Good luck to you. I look forward to reading that novel! Mx

  4. It's great to have that support, Morton. Will be back to novel writing on Monday! Fingers crossed it might be finished by the end of the month!

  5. How exciting! I'm treating writing the same as I would a university course, except without the pressure of not being able to schedule my work how I like IYSWIM. For years I craved something to study that would hopefully lead onto paid work of some kind once my children had grown up, something I didn't need to pay a lot of money up front for, and that I could fit into my family life. Writing is most definitely it! :)

  6. Great stuff Catherine.
    You sound very determined and I am sure this trait will propel you to get an agent and a publishing deal.

    *Sprinkles fairy dust*

    I also gave up a well paid job to focus on my writing and my family, knowing that I wouldn't be truly happy if I put my writing on the back burner for another decade. Fingers crossed.

    Best of luck to you. x


  7. Wonderful. You can't put a price on your time - other than a very high one. You're investing in yourself and your development as a writer - fantastic! All the best. :)

  8. Thank you to Clare, Elpi and Anne! It really is exciting. May have to make up a count down chart ;-)