Doesn’t it feel great when you have your whole life planned? You know exactly how everything will go, career, family, finances, novel plot. It’s a nice feeling to have it all lined up in front of you.
It’s not always a nice feeling when that all falls apart. I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason. I know Heavenly Father sees more than we do and gives us what we need rather than what we think is the best plan. Though, sometimes I wish he’d tell us first. The funny thing is no matter how stressful that change in plans is I often find out it really is for the best.
Same with my novel. Sometimes I have it all plotted out perfectly. Then I get some feedback or a crazy idea shows up while I’m in the shower. I fret and fume and say “I can’t do that, it’s crazy, and I have it all planned”. But when I sit down and find out where this thought leads it’s usually to a better place. While I’m a big planner and organizer (not an outliner though) I sometimes have to learn to let go of my list and just take a journey, even if I don’t like the destination I will have learned a lot.