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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!

8 comments:

  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

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  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

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  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

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  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!

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  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! :)

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  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

    Elpi

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  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. :)

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

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