Inspiration and getting your act together – including a lesson in taking my own advice

I’ve been inspired to get myself organised. A couple of weeks ago I came across a blog by Madison Woods. Now Madison writes speculative fiction with a bit of surreal edge, but she also supports other writers by sharing her bit of virtual space with them through things like guest blog posts, a weekly ‘would you buy it slot’ which looks at 25-word blurbs for authors, a regular Sunday Musings post and also a ‘Flash your story’ opportunity for other authors to try Flash Fiction.

It’s not that these particular categories have been the specific inspiration, although they have indeed contributed to my change of heart; it’s more that she also has a regular slot called Writerly Goals. In these goals, Madison set’s herself both Weekly and Annual Goals – brilliant eh!

And now for the lesson in taking my own advice…..!

When I’ve worked with (and for) clients on their website and content strategies my mantra has always been to:

a. set yourself a goal or two – preferably some that you can achieve reasonably easily and some that are longer-term
b. use regular topics/areas to write about so that you aren’t casting about for things to say
c. plan your writing schedule

You would be forgiven for assuming then that I also took my own advice … ha!

You’d be wrong. In fact when I re-visited what I was going to do with this blog after its SIX YEARS of languishing behind everything else I’ve been doing. I was ashamed of myself for not taking my own advice and it’s only been visiting with Madison on her blog that I have finally started to put into practice the things I tell my clients on an almost daily basis.

Does that deserve a slapped wrist or what? It’s the proverbial, ‘do as I say, not as a do’ situation and I’m not afraid to hold my hand up and say ‘it was me guv, I dunnit’.

With this in mind and with new vigour in both my heart and my blog, I have indeed now sat down and sorted out the goals; the topics I shall be writing about, and planned a writing schedule for the next three months.

Unlike Madison though, I’m not actually going to share them with you just yet for fear of making a complete ass of myself in public, yet again. But, I promise, that once I’ve been doing this for a while I’ll let you know how I’ve been getting on.

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  1. You are very welcome Madison, I was inspired by you to get my act together – you made it seem so easy so I guess those bloody heads have paid off over the years. I think I’ve said on someone else’s blog that if we are really wise we learn from other people’s mistakes and examples – I hate to say it, but I don’t think I’m that wise on the whole, but perhaps I’m beginning to learn how to be …! 😉

  2. I have to tell you that I’ve made a complete ass of myself on several occasions 😉 The good thing is that I have a terrible memory, so I can’t stop myself when I’m getting ready to do it again. After my head is bloody from hitting the same walls over and over, I usually learn from it, though.

    Thanks for a very inspiring post to tell others about my blog!