September Secret




A new follower of my blog, Melissa, asked if I’d share my successful September writing plan. The journey has been going well: all roadworks and closures avoided until now, the only stops – to refuel.

Earlier this year, due to life’s curve balls, my writing had been relegated to the back seat and I needed to do something to reverse the situation; take back the controls. For this turn around to take place, as with most journeys, I had to plan and prepare – especially mentally. My preparation was in the form of a secret recipe, which I began on my first solo road trip from Germany to Herefordshire in the UK back in July; whilst stuck on the M25 for three hours. They don’t call it England’s largest carpark for nothing! Here’s the result of the tedious jam:

Scrumptious Secret Pie
Ingredients:

1 Kg motivation
800g organisation
500g time – adjust as necessary
400g ideas
400g realism
300g self-belief
300g honesty
250g patience
100g kindness
100g self-praise
a handful of smiley faces
a pinch of selfishness

Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl and fold them together gently. Avoid beating at all costs! Pour the mixture into a carefully lined baking tin. Be sure to control the flow – we don’t want any spillages. Bake on a low heat in the middle of the oven for two-three hours. I usually bake on Sundays and delve in from Monday to Friday. Some days I’ll have a huge chunk and other days a slither. The key is to enjoy every morsel.

I am still working on a new recipe for October, which will include a few more special ingredients for my journey to publication. Do you have a recipe to share? Has your writing ever taken a back seat due to an uncontrollable force?

Comments

  1. Avoid beating. That would negate the effect, wouldn't it?

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  2. Exactly and in the past, I have often beat myself up over not achieving a target, which was usually unrealistic or should I say too optimistic. Now I'm going for the calmer more enjoyable route (and it's far more productive).

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  3. I love your recipe idea, Nicola. I'm a firm believer in the smiley faces along with the more serious ingredients like the ideas and motivation. Good luck with keeping on track. I'm on holiday at the moment and find that having time away is what prevents the flow of my writing- not that I'm complaining at the moment! A lovely post.

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    1. Thank you, Jan. I hope you are having a fabulous holiday. Enjoy!!

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  4. Great post, Nicola, and a very appropriate recipe! I need a good doze of whatever is the opposite of procrastination!

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    1. You've been 'researching' Rosemary :) Thank you for popping by to comment. Enjoy the Autumn months. Lots to look forward to!

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  5. Very creative, Nicola. It's a great recipe for writing success. Especially the "avoid beating at all costs." Must pay attention to that one.

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    1. I think we learn the pointlessness of 'beating' up on ourselves as we travel through life.

      I am very much looking forward to our upcoming interview and talking about The Wishing Steps, Karen. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. Lovely to 'see' you.

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  6. Great recipe, Nicola. I am always beating myself up and you are right, we should avoid it at all costs. It doesn't achieve anything xx

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Teresa. I think we are all guilty of over beating. Hope you are well.

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  7. Great recipe. I think I forgot to put Organisation into my last attempt though :-)

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    1. Easily done, Annalisa :) Thanks you for visiting my blog and commenting. Have a great weekend.

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  8. Very cute concept; I love it. Living in LA I think we have the worst traffic but your experience sounds worse. I'd love to hear of you accomplished your goals and what goals/techniques you are carrying over to the next month.
    Good luck.

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    1. Thank you for popping by, Kat. I'll let you know how my plan goes and the adjustments for next month. Have a great weekend.

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  9. Absolutely delicious, Nicola. My cupboard sometimes runs short of patience and self-praise, but I'm aiming to stock up. xxx

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    1. I know that feeling well, Joanne. And they are hard to come by too. Hmmmm... we'll have to work on that :) Thank you for commenting Joanna. It's always nice to 'see' you.

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  10. My writing took a backseat for nearly a year and a half, so I've been very happy to finally get back to it. Ah, low heat--don't want to burn it!

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    1. No, don't burn it, Cherie. Glad you are writing more again. After my break, I found it quite difficult to restart - hence the recipe. Wish you a fantastic and relaxing weekend. Thanks for commenting.

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  11. Great recipe. Especially like the bit about enjoying every morsel. If we don't fancy the writing cake perhaps we should snack on research, munch on a workshop or taste a drop of submission?

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    1. I like that idea, Patsy. Oh and let's add a gulp of crisp fruity white should a rejection dare to land on the doorstep :) Hope you are having a great week!!

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  12. Yum!!! I just wrote a page on my novel and thought, "This is crap. I suck!" I had to remind myself we all feel that way, but that doesn't really help when you're sure you're taking the book in the wrong direction!

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    1. Avoid the beating, Stephanie. Fold gently, allowing the mixture to breathe.... don't think of it as the wrong direction but as the scenic route. The right path will present itself. And don't worry about wading through crap: it's temporary and you'll come out smelling of roses - I'm sure of it. Failing all that have a huge slab of chocolate cake and a glass of wine :) Be kind to yourself and enjoy your weekend.

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  13. I need this right now. I've been feeling blah all week.

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    1. Uh-oh! Next week will be better, Medeia. Cuddle up on the sofa and read a good book! I know a great author - her name is Medeia Sharif. Grab a copy of 52 likes - brilliant read. It'll keep you gripped throughout and help you to forget the dreaded blah-iness. Let me know if it works! Have a peaceful weekend.

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  14. How clever. I love this. You can take your recipe on the road and share with other bloggers:) Oh wait you did. grin.

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    1. :) Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment Sandra. It's food for thought :)

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  15. Wonderful recipe! I'm writing it down and trying it out.

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    1. Have fun! Thank you for popping by to comment, Lee.

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  16. Love this! Though, I'd have to change the grams to ounces. ;)

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    1. Ounces will work just as well :) Thanks for stopping by to comment, Donna. Lovely to see you.

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