Have you ever been to a business seminar? The kind where the chairs are in a circle and you have to discuss your goals?
Not for the writing, but for the manufacture of soft toys. At the time I had already realised that business was a strange beast and one I didn’t understand. In order for us (entrepreneurs) to grasp our ‘true goals’ we had to undertake some ‘role-playing’.
Even now I shudder.
So we were all told to picture a line in the ground. This was our time-line. Then each step we took was either a week or a day or a month. I’m sure you get the idea.
I stood at the back of the line.
Finally the woman (a tiny lady with blood-red nails and perfect hair) turned to me.
“Kate, what are your goals?”
“Um, to make toys…”
“Yes,” she said, with a smile that reminded me of a glacier. “But what do you hope to do.”
“And what is your timeline.”
I was stumped. What was my time-line? And then, here is a big secret, I made it up. Grandly I walked the time-line explaining I was going to do this and that. Until the last step.
“And this is five years down the line. I hope to have my own emporium of toys.”
The woman clapped. I had just told a story made up on the spur of the moment and I’d automatically moved to the top of the class.
Of course I never got my emporium, I mean if I were still running to that timeline then I still have another two years to go.
Instead, I write.
Really I should have known then, when I grandly walked the room with a tall tale spilling from my lips, that I ought to have been a writer. It just took me three years to realise it.
So the other day I was sitting in a careers advisers room, explaining that I wanted to be a writer and they looked at me.
“Yes,” she said, leaning forward. “But what are your goals?”
I can safely say that writing is like every other business. You need to be able to tell a story, only this one has to be believable.
What am I going to be doing in 344 days time? I don’t know. But I will wake up and know that I have got to write.
This prompt was inspired by the daily prompt – predictions.