You may choose to do the entire thing,complete with all the extra exercises.You may want to do the core exercisesonly. Or adapt some exercises to suityou. You may ﬁnd it tempting just to dothe exercises you are drawn to but theexercises you ﬁnd most challenging orthe least attractive may be the ones thathave most impact upon you. Think of this as a work in progress that you canreturn to at any time and change or addto. It is your process and only you needsee it.
‘The ‘extra’ sections helped meto focus when I was strugglingwith my thoughts.’
Allow yourself the space and time toconcentrate fully upon the process. Beaware that you may ﬁnd some sectionsquite intense and you may need to takebreaks. You may prefer to work throughthe process in stages, rather than at onesitting, but it’s worth trying to completeit within a reasonable time frame so thatyou don’t lose the momentum.
‘I found the sections clear and straightforward. However, it requireda greater deal of thought and soul searching than I had anticipated.’
The guide is available in electronic andprint format and can also be obtainedin large print, on audio tape and inBraille on request. As everyone will wantto approach the process in their ownway, we haven’t designed the guide asa form to ﬁll out but you may want aprinted copy so that you have the optionto write in some of the tables.
It is difﬁcult to say how long thisplanning process will take, as everyonewill tackle it differently. As a roughguide, completing just the core exerciseswould total around 90 minutes. Allowtwo to three hours if you decide tocomplete all the exercises.You may feel that taking this amountof time out of your working hours isa luxury you can ill afford but, in thelonger term, the process is likely toproduce a far more valuable return.This process is about investing in YOU.After all, you are your main resource!
Where haveI been?
What would you say are the key milestones of yourprofessional journey so far?
Core Exercise 2
Where am I now?
How would you describe what you do as a writerand/or new writing and literature professional tosomeone who’s never met you before?
Try to do this in three sentences. Don’t think about this too much.
Core Exercise 1
What are the key achievements, signiﬁcant events, high/low points?You may also want to consider when you have most enjoyed your work.When have you been most committed/creative/productive? When haveyou achieved despite the odds stacked against you? Again, don’t thinkabout this too much. If it helps, limit yourself to ﬁve to ten minutes toestablish the main points (exercise continues on next page).
‘I found that the things I was proud of weren’tnecessarily the things I was supposed to be proudof which was interesting.’ ‘A chance to remember good experiences andrelive what made them special.’
‘It was very interesting to write down what itis I do. I found that what I actually do, and whatI think I do, are not necessarily the same thing.’