What if?

It’s one month since my last blog (sounds like the opening to a Catholic confession). But I’ve been busy between my two lives. Packing up to leave Italy for the winter, like some migratory bird (albeit weighed down with more than feathers) and settling in for the winter months in England. It seemed appropriate that we left Tuscany with the landscape half concealed in mist.


Between catching up with our family and nesting, I have had my head down with edits for my new book due out in February 2020. I know I have been bleating on about this and telling you I find edits hard but recently I have had a lightbulb moment. As is so often the way, simple is best and what helps, is the simple revelation that “what if” is  liberating and… fun. Why didn’t I realise this before?
I’m not talking about the “what if” in regret. What if I had done this or that? The negative, looking back kind of thinking. I mean the “what ifs” that can stir up my imagination.
So, when my lovely editor at Bookouture now suggests tweaks here and there, or to deepen the mystery, I’ve stopped those panic moments of despair that everything I have written so far has to be unravelled. Instead, I’ve had a great time thinking outside my original box of ideas.
Albert Einstein famously said:

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Deepak Chopra’s statement is a great help too:

“The best use of imagination is creativity. The worst use of imagination is anxiety.”

I feel the mist has lifted.


About Angela Petch

Bit of a story dreamer, written four novels - a fifth to be published on April 7th 2021. I love my little family and in no particular order afterwards: Italian culture, food, wine, walking everywhere I can and especially in the Apennines, East Africa, tennis when I can, reading, reading and more reading. So much to discover still before I die.
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6 Responses to What if?

  1. Magdalena says:

    It’s wonderful you were able to view edits in a more positive way. I like Deepak Chopra’s quote a lot, never thought of imagination that way. Will keep that in mind! Enjoy your winter months in England!


  2. kirstenhesketh1 says:

    Lovely post. That photo of Tuscany is magical. xx


  3. jessiecahalin says:

    This lovely philosophical post greeted me on my return from a long thinking walk. Many thanks! x

    Liked by 1 person

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