Month: June 2019

Pitch For Your Life!

Turn Your Everyday Life into a Drama and Perfect your Pitch!

Tonight I dropped a work colleague home and took a wrong turn. This lead me to thinking about various “what if” scenarios in my head. With a busted radio and no connection to Spotify, I started making up pitches to pass the time. Here’s what I came up with.

Home In Time For Dinner

Naomi Lisa needs to get home for her ten year old son’s birthday, when she takes a wrong turn and finds herself lost in a strange neighbourhood on a cold, dark winter’s night.  Out of petrol and phone battery, she decides to ask for help from the  car  that has pulled up behind her, not knowing that the driver has just come from doing a very bad thing and has no interest in Naomi Lisa making it home in time for dinner.

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Are You Setting Realistic Deadlines?

Are You Setting Realistic Deadlines?

Three novels written by the end of the year? Two thousand followers in six months time? Finish reading the chapter before you get to off the train? Are the deadlines you are setting yourself reasonable, and do they have any real bearing on reality?

I took a train into the city the other day, and took the opportunity to finish reading a novel I have been enjoying. With only a few pages to go, I made it my mission to finish it off before I got to my destination.

As the stations flew by, I picked up the pace of my reading, skimming over paragraphs instead of savouring the last pages of what had been a very enjoyable read.

Well, I managed to have the novel read with one station to go before my stop, but instead of feeling a sense of achievement, I felt short changed.

Sure, my eyes had gone over the text and made it to the end, but how much of the novel had I actually taken in? Had I actually enjoyed the experience of reading while continually glancing out the window and looking at my watch? Of course not.

In writing as in life we all need a plan, but how seriously do we need to take it? When meeting a deadline comes at the expense of the quality of experience, then we need to revisit our plan.

We need to make sure that the deadlines we set serve our own goals and dreams and not the other way around.

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The Lily – Extract from “The Sensory Garden”

“Above the clamor of the busy suburban supermarket, Helen heard the buzzing of a bee. She followed the sound into the deep, open petals of an arum lily, and watched its slow dance on the honeycomb of the yellow stamen.

The centerpiece of the bunch, the lily was surrounded by smaller lilies, whose slender buds were yet to open, and cool green foliage. She ran her hand along the length of the one of the hardy green leaves, and the bee flew away.”

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