“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” -Lao Tzu
Parts of my personality don’t really jive too well with my desire to be a writer. One of the facets of my personality that makes living a writerly life difficult for me is my impatience. I have so many fantastic, creative ideas and I want to be finished with them RIGHT NOW.
I constantly get ahead of myself. I have been known to get SFDs professionally edited before I’ve done any revision on my own. I’ve been known to get started on a story before I actually finish my outline, and neither of those situations has ever worked out well for me.
I’m bad about sharing stories before they’re ready. I’m also bad about jumping into a story with both feet and working on it maniacally for days on end, pushing to get as much done at once as possible. Every time I do that, I burn myself out on the story. I plunge into a headlong, blind pursuit, and I inevitably end up trapped in a briar thicket with no discernable way out.
Being impatient and trying to tackle a whole mountain at once always gets me in trouble. Biting off more than you can chew is so utterly counterproductive. Excitement is all well and good, but I’m learning how not to get manic with it. Using up all your energy at the beginning of a project and trying to do everything at once doesn’t serve you or your calling as a writer.
Take your project, and break it down into manageable sections. Budget your time, and don’t overdo it. Doing too much at once will only drain your energy stores and make you love your project less in the long run. Take the journey of pursuing your calling one step at a time. You will still get there, and you will be happier for it.