How’s it going? My week’s been pretty good so far, although it has been hot here–almost 90 today, and over 95 with heat index yesterday, which was the day I had to mow.
So, unlike last time, I engineered more frequent breaks and took salt now and again to replace what I was losing (something I didn’t do until the very end last time, which made that method too little, too late).
That part, combined with lots of wind and having to mow a lot less grass this time, made it so that I didn’t get heat exhaustion or feel like I’d been run over. So all in all, pretty good. And this time I made sure I took salt whenever I gassed up the mower or took some other short break–no exceptions there.
Reminds me a little of writing, whether it’s copy, fiction, or what-have-ya. To me, having a plan is always better than not having one. And there’s a difference between having a flexible plan and a “thou shalt not deviate from this” kind of plan that’s more of a problem than anything else.
Rigid plans assume you get everything 100% right the first time, which can be a problem if you find out later you didn’t. I like to think of a plan more as a guideline. That’s what revising is for, and why it’s good (trying not to gag when I say those words because I usually don’t like revising my own work–even though I edit other people’s). Revising needs to be done. I just don’t like it very much.
To give another example of this flexible-type plan, when I was mowing, I stopped to get lemonade when I felt a little winded, and drank only several sips, or about half the bottle, and took salt, too. This was about once per hour, but a couple times I think it was less. The mower would usually run out of gas by the time I thought about refueling myself.
And to translate this to writing, I have outlines I use for emails, sales letters, and what-have-ya, that I probably need to stick to more often. With blog posts and fiction stories, since they’re usually shorter, I start with a general idea and go from there.
Every type of plan or not works–you need to figure out what works for you. If it makes your work easier and less of a hassle down the road, go for it.
Until next time,