I didn't just jump into my car and drive the 16 miles to Ludlow, though. A few days beforehand, I did a bit of research. I looked into the exact route of the torch relay, and made a note of where it was scheduled to be at what time. Because of the rather circuitous route it was taking, I realised that I could find a place to watch it enter Ludlow, and then once it had passed, I could cut through the town and catch it again as It was leaving the town.
This wasn't the only preparation though. I specialise in landscape photography, which means I'm used to putting my camera on a tripod and sorting out everything else whilst the landscape in front of me sits still, patiently. Now, the Olympic Torch Relay wasn't going to hang around for me to get myself sorted. So I spent some time, learning which settings on my camera I was going to need to capture movement, as well as find the setting that allows you to take several images in quick succession - one press of the button and suddenly you have 50 photos (of which, hopefully, one is in focus and sharp!).
Then, eventually, the official Olympic Torch Relay vehicles arrived ... followed by the sponsors' vehicles!
But, my planning paid off, because finally, the runner with the torch finally arrived!
Should any of you be planning to see the torch, just bear in mind the following - there's a lot of 'traffic' before the torch - police, olympic relay vehicles, and the sponsor vehicles, then suddenly the torch arrives and within seconds it has gone past.
With minutes to spare, I managed to get in position again in preparation to see the torch go by on its way out of town.
Moments later, a different runner came around the corner with the torch (thankfully I'd missed all the sponsor vehicles again!).
The point of this post (yes, there is one) is that planning is the key. It can make such a difference. The Olympic Torch was travelling through Ludlow once. I couldn't ask it to go back 300 yards, to give me time to take another photos. Planning is about using your time efficiently. The same goes with our writing too.
It's easy to be excited when we have an idea, and want to start writing it down, there and then. But it's worth taking a few minutes just outlining what it is you want to say. Once you're clear about where you are going, and what you want to say, the actual writing process will become easier. I spent a few minutes planning my photographs for the Olympic Torch Relay, and I got the shots I wanted. Everything worked out how I wanted it to. If you want everything to work out with your writing, a little preparation can go a long way.