Life gets sketchy without a plan,
let that fact
To draw a picture, an artist will start with a sketch. The sketch helps the artist get started. A sketch has many lines in it that will never be used, but those lines help put form to the idea in the artist’s mind and will help guide the final outcome.
A sketch is an important step in the process of creation, but it is not the creation itself. It is a shadow, of sorts, of what is yet to come.
So when I say, “Life gets sketchy without a plan,” I’m not telling you to never “sketch.”
A sketch can help us put form to our plan.
Granted, in the final picture we’re not going to use all the lines we originally sketched. The beauty of the sketch is in how it directs us to the true form of what we want to bring into reality. A sketch can take what is inside our head or heart and help direct us to the realization of that idea or thought.
Remember, the sketch may seem rough, meager, or even crude. That’s okay, because its imperfect, incomplete or even superficial rendering can direct us to the next step. Each step we take toward our goal teaches us something we’ll need when we finally arrive at that place of fulfillment.
The sketch helps us take the next step.
When it became clear to me that I wanted to be a writer, it wasn’t clear what kind of writer I wanted to be. I just knew I loved the power of the written word, and wanted to use that to bring goodness, joy, and happiness to people’s lives. So what did I do?
I started “sketching.” I set up a work area for me to write. I pulled out old files of things I’d written previously, things I’d written when I was busy doing other things but had an idea or story in my head that just HAD to be put down on paper. I started by re-writing some of those previous works. Then I wrote new works.
One of the “lines” in my sketch took me to seek feedback from other writers. I found the local Writer’s Guild, Writer’s Conferences and joined several Critique Groups to start getting feedback on my work. As I immersed myself in what writer’s do, it became clearer what kind of writing I enjoy most.
My “happy” story is what I write for this blog. But I’ve found I also love writing other people’s stories. Attending Writer’s Guild functions exposed me to my first project writing another person’s story, “A Tale of a Different Color: Good Lookin’ Out” by Dwight Storm Halvorsen, which I highlight here on my website. He so loved my contribution to the writing of his story that he shared his byline with me.
Currently, I’m helping a man I deeply admire, my father-in-law, Bill Canning, write an autobiographical narrative called, “Wild Bill and Other Stories.” What fun!
Being faithful to follow my imperfect, sketchy plans has brought unexpected dimension to the overall picture of my life and happiness that I never could’ve anticipated.
Sketch those plans! Then be faithful to yourself and follow your “sketches” wherever they may take you. You’ll be happier for it!