Throwing Caution to the Wind
Up until now, I have been a ‘planner’ – a necessity when one is a mother and a full-time teacher. However, over the past few years I have found that being a rigid planner is a hindrance during the writing process, resulting in cardboard cut-out type characters or a predictable plot.
To avoid this pitfall, I introduced a very strange concept into my life: spontaneity. I have never been known to be spontaneous and anything off plan often made me feel uncomfortable. Now my daughter is all grown up and leading her own life, my husband and I have begun to take on-the-spot adventures. Throwing caution to the wind from time to time gives life balance as well as supplying copious amounts of story ideas. I would highly recommend it.
Last Saturday evening, we were watching the late local news and were reminded that in an hour’s time, the yearly Cologne event of Kölner Lichter (a firework display) would take place. My husband looked at me and the next thing I knew we were heading to Cologne on his motorbike – no way would we be able to park a car.
Needless to say, we had a blast! The whole world seemed to have congregated on the streets of Cologne for this event. I still don’t know what the occasion is actually for, but who cares? We had a lot of fun, met some interesting characters and saw an amazing symphony of colour explode into the starry skies.
I would be interested to know if you have done anything spontaneous lately. Do you embrace spontaneity or are you a rigid planner?
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