Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E. L. Doctorow
Here’s what Dinty W. Moore, author of The Mindful Writer, has to say about this:
“The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is often remembered for his observation, ‘The longest journey begins with a single step.’
“Well, each and every writing project begins with the writing of one word.
“That’s not so hard, is it?
“That one word might eventually be crossed out, in fact, so what you put down doesn’t even have to be the right word, or even a good one. Just a word.
“Put one word in front of the other and soon enough, you’ll have a sentence, a paragraph, a page.
“A page may not seem like much, but the pages add up fast. How many pages does it take to write a book? If you write five pages per week, how many weeks will it take to reach your goal?
“Time can be the enemy, but time can also be a friend.
“Don’t dwell on how far that road ahead might be. Just think as far as your headlights can reach, and keep on driving.
“One day you will look up and see that you have reached your destination.
“And there begin your next journey.”
What great advice! When we break our work down into words, sentences, and paragraphs, it doesn’t seem so daunting, does it? We can sprinkle “a little magic” in each paragraph (see Blue-clock Socks) and keep going.
OK, we can do this — write on!
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