One Step at a Time




After the umpteenth climb up the stairs, whilst clearing away the Christmas decorations, I collapsed at the bottom for a breather and began to think. I don’t know why, my brain is a complicated matter, but Thomas A. Edison popped into my head; probably because I saw a new cobweb dangling from the light above (must get that later). I vaguely remembered a quote of his which reflects the notion that one must not become discouraged when an attempt at something goes wrong because discarding that failure is another step forward.

I consider myself to be a life-long learner and can relate to Edison’s sentiments. Last year, my writing see-sawed, from pieces I could be proud of to others that needed quite a lot of attention and rewriting. Even though my confidence wavered during those awkward moments, I remained positive and learned from my mistakes, thus taking a solid step forward.


It is not easy to self-motivate and I composed a formula to remind me how to tackle the dark days:  P5=S1

persistence + practice + proactive + planning + plucky = one step forward

I intend to continue to make solid steps forward throughout this new year, enjoy learning more about the craft and enhance my writing skills. I look forward to the new challenges that await, no doubt there will by many, and will keep my focus on the light shining on that top step (cobweb removed). It doesn’t matter when I get there as long as the journey continues in the right direction and gives me satisfaction along the way.

I wish you all a successful and happy learning adventure in 2015 and would be delighted to hear your thoughts.

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  1. If we learn something from our mistakes (or enjoy making them) the experience isn't wasted, is it?

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  2. Making mistakes or doing things that don't quite work out the way one expects, can provide fantastic opportunities. Laugh and learn, all the way :)

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  3. I love your formula.
    We learn as much if not more from our mistakes than from our successes I think. I never see a written word as wasted, even if it ends up in the shredder. We are always on a learning curve xx

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  4. That is very true, Teresa. I don't actually shred my appalling efforts but use them on my giggle board as a reminder of what not to do :)

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  5. That is one complicated equation. (just saying)

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    1. My old maths teacher would be proud :) OR more likely say, "Nicola, you were never very good at maths. Never mind, dear." Happy New Year, Mac.

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  6. I did read a study recently that said almost all really successful people have one thing in common: multiple failures before they reached success.

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    1. I'll have to read that study, Sephanie. How interesting. Thank you for your comment.

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    2. Of course I meant Stephanie. Sorry for the missing 't' :)

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  7. I do love that formula, Nicola! I don't think anything in life is ever wasted - it all adds to our experience. Have a happy, creative 2015 and I'm sure you'll reach your goals.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. Your posts have been inspirational. Wishing you continued success :)

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  8. Happy New year to you too Nicola! May your writing journey continue to be productive.

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    1. Thank you, Pat. I am looking forward to fulfilling my writing targets :)

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  9. Good luck with your goals Nicola...I look forward to hearing more about your writing.

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    1. Thank you for popping by to comment, Maria. Lovely to see you here. Best of luck with all your dreams and aspirations for 2015.

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  10. I love your formula, Nicola. Your maths teacher would be proud of you (or possibly amazed!).

    Very best of luck for 2015. I'll be following your blog with interest and cheering you on.

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    1. Thank you, Sue. Lovely to 'see' you and I wish you a fantastic new year filled with funny moments, lots of inspiration and success.

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  11. Good luck and happy new year! I love that formula. Here's to a wonderful 2015 for all of us. :)

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    1. Happy New Year, Christine. So pleased you popped by. Wishing you continued success throughout the year and looking forward to following your blog and keeping in touch.

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  12. Every moment we spend doing what we love, even if success does not immediately follow, is never wasted. All I have learned from my mistakes has been invested into, and eventually helped to produce, the successes.

    Happy New Year, Nicola, and may every step this year lead you onwards and upwards. xx

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. Wishing you a year filled with inspiration, fun and success.

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  13. Hi Nicola .. sorry a wee late getting here ... but can quite see your thought process here ... and Edison was a great experimenter wasn't he ... we can only experiment to experience to perhaps put your 5 Ps into our path and then post = (equalling) one step forward ...

    Lots ahead of us as the days and months go by .. Happy New Year and have a great year ... lots of writing too .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. Lovely to hear from you. Wishing you all the best for the year.

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  14. I never thought about developing a formula to motivate myself. What a good idea! Learning from mistakes is crucial and, for me, reflecting on how far I've come on my writing journey - in spite of, or perhaps because of, those mistakes.

    Wishing you much success in reaching your goals this year.

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    1. Thank you, Jen. Wishing you a happy and successful new year!

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  15. Looking forward to reading about your writing achievements in 2025, Nicola - and thanks for being such a great supporter of my blog.

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    1. Well, I do hope by 2025 I am a best selling author :):) But 2015 will have its challenges as I am going to be teaching English at my old school for two terms, starting Monday. I can never say 'no' to a cry for help. After 18 months of free writing time, I am going to have to be a lot more organised and steal time whenever and wherever I can. And likewise, Wendy, thank YOU for your continued support !!

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  16. I wouldn't be surprised if you actually get more writing done while you're teaching. There's something about being busier that makes you fit things in somehow. Anyhow. From one English teacher to another, have a great term!

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    1. Thank you, Fran. I'll keep you updated as to how it goes :)

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  17. I love the thinking behind your post, Nicola. A very Happy New Year and good luck with your writing this year.

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Wishing you a wonderful and successful year!!

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  18. I love the formula you created! It's so true. You need all of those things to succeed. I hope you have a very successful year!

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    1. Thank you, Chrys. I loved your interview with Alex J. Cavanaugh. Have a great year!!

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  19. Good luck with your writing Nicola and keep on enjoying the process. It's what we live for.

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    1. Happy New Year, Fran. Keep the music alive :) Wishing you a successful, productive and joyous 2015.

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