Cabbage, preparing to write a book and the winner of the competition is
Cabbage, preparing to write a book and the winner of the competition is

Cabbage, preparing to write a book and the winner of the competition is

Friday and mum had called to ask if I had seen the news? Widespread snow was forecast. It was at that point I wondered if perhaps I should pop out and get some food in. A pop to the shops takes around 3 hours as I live up a mountain and a long way from civilisation.

I made a mental trip around the cupboards; I had plenty of lentils and chickpeas – I could survive a few days on pulses. Add to that the enormous cabbage that had arrived in last weeks eco veg box – I was well prepared for a weekend of gourmet delights.

The truth is the large cabbage had already filled practically every meal, and I was yearning for something other than lentils.

The sudden cold snap also meant that it was not tempting to venture out. Plus living in a house where the only decent heat source is a log burner, I had visions of leaving the warmth and coming home to a cold house.

I needed a plan. One that didn’t include cabbage or lentils.

I stoked the fire, collected up my mental shopping list and headed out.

Mission success.

Except that it wasn’t. I’d rushed the job and had forgotten vital life-saving items – the dog’s biscuits. My three would not be best pleased.

All the best-laid plans of cabbage and kings eh?

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things;
Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax,
And cabbages and kings.” The Walrus And The Carpenter

On Saturday I whizzed back down the mountain with a plan. I needed fuel for a trip on Monday, dog biscuits for the hounds and parsnips (I was craving them) for Sunday lunch. I picked up a friend who I knew was feeling lonely, planned for a short lunch and then home to a fire and a few episodes of Howard’s End.

The snow didn’t come, but the dogs are happy, and I loved my slobby day watching TV.

What I know is this, when I haven’t planned things properly, things somehow don’t go to plan, and this annoys me.

Failure to plan is planning to fail to write your book properly

Books are the same. If you don’t plan them, trying to get them written usually goes to pot.

If you have struggled with planning or dislike being pushed into planning as strangely I do, know that when you make it fun, and it is connected to your core message, your book will come alive.

You are not alone in this struggle. Many do – which is where some aspects of that dreadful affliction writer’s block rears its head.

I love the book planning process. Because in truth it is a fascinatingly creative time. It’s like putting a jigsaw together. Witnessing the pieces of a puzzle coming together is pure joy.

And I am going to adore seeing the winners of my recent competition bringing their books alive.

The winner is…

I am delighted to announce that the winner of the recent competition is…..

Lottie Moore

Lottie wins

Lottie was chosen using the randbetween formula in Excel. I love technology! This wonderful formula also selected Celia and Mari-Anna as runners-up with a prize each of an online course.

Do you want to make 2018 the year that you write your book?

Books fail to get written because they are not planned, and if you want to stop saying I’m going to write a book and never doing it, then please consider joining my first ever book planning weekend masterclass. It’s on 9-10th December. You have time to get the groceries in, cakes made (here’s a fab recipe for a gorgeous cake) and organise the family.

And for the rest of my Sunday, I will be editing my book and eating cake…

Have a great Sunday


PS: It’s my birthday on the 6th Dec and I’d love to gift you this coupon which gives you 45% off the current price of Plan your non-fiction book in a weekend online course. Offer closes on 7th December.

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Dale Darley

Strategist, Coach, writer and author. Helping you to make sense of your ideas and personal stories so that you can create simple strategic direction and design the right products and services for your business. Mum to three dogs and a family of swallows. Life without cake is a life unlived.