Begin Again

I know she’s not for everyone but I’m a bit of a Taylor Swift fan. I’ve seen her in concert twice and she was all of the awesome. I adore the song ‘Begin Again’ as it’s a story in itself about beginnings and can even be used to examine story structure (see Jessica Brody’s great blog here).

And I’m thinking of it this month as I start a new year and a new story (two swirling in my head).

Today I wanted to talk about not simply beginning, but beginning again.

At the same time as beginning a new year and new story, I have a new puppy. THAT is a lesson in starting again. Harriet Potts chews, she nibbles, she’s adorable and hard work.


Kind of like my story… lol.

This isn’t my first story which means I’m bringing lessons from before

  1. What worked well last time?
  2. How cam improve my process?
  3. How can I get batter?

All of these questions need to be addressed as I begin.

Then there’s the baggage…

  1. What if it takes longer?
  2. I’ve done one, doesn’t mean I can finish again.
  3. What if that last story doesn’t sell and I’m wasting my time?

I try to take the good lessons (I wrote 50k in Nov, I can write faster than I thought) and not get dragged back by the doubts (this is a fresh start, anything is possible).

Do you have any tips for beginning… again…?




beck nicholas_ bec sampson

I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.



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