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Writing Through the Fog…Or Not.

Heard the saying, “the best laid plans of mice and men…”? It’s a beautiful phrase from a beautiful but (I think) a profoundly sad poem by Robert Burns. We’re all like the little mouse, doing our best to prepare and plan for what is to come, not realising that very soon our plans could be changed drastically (although I hope that your and my plans don’t go as awry as the poor little mouse’s).

My plan was to send my completed novel ‘Child of War’ out into the world and, while I waited for someone to realise that they just had to publish it, finish the first draft of my current novel in four months. Enter some health concerns, medication changes and a general feeling of ‘humpf’ and I find that I haven’t written for weeks. So much for completing my first draft by the end of this month.

So, I’m curious (and a little desperate) how do you shift your mood when you’re feeling a bit ‘beige’ and your plans have been ploughed up?


I'm an educator, mum and wife living in beautiful Victoria, Australia. I make learning resources for passionate, but time-poor, teachers in need of a better work-life balance. I'm a voracious reader, love a good curry, and believe life is always better with chocolate.

5 thoughts on “Writing Through the Fog…Or Not.

  1. I just go with the natural flow. I think feeling beige is just a sign that you need a break. So take one. The length of time is up to the individual. It could be hours, days, weeks, months. Creativity is a magic, untamed flow so I get out of it’s way and let it do it’s natural thing, whether that is flowing or resting. You’ll know when the fire’s back.

    However, if you’re on some sort of unnatural work related deadline then you have to create the fire by exposing yourself to things that bring back the hunger.

  2. Thanks for your post! Best of luck on the book and I hope things are improving on the health front. To your question, I find setting a small, concrete goal to be helpful. When I feel the malaise of rampant plan-failing, a quick home-improvement project that has tangible results (e.g., lawn mowing, dusting, declutterizing, garden building (somewhat more ambitious)) is often the boost I need to get back on track. I hope (healthy) productive days lie ahead!

    1. Thank you for that, that does sound like a good plan. My problem is that I have depression and when it hits in force it really saps my motivation, but I think that setting small, achievable goals, would be a real benefit. Here’s to productive days for all of us :))

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