One of the more difficult aspects of writing a novel is that it can seem so overwhelming at times. It’s very much like when you look out into your garage and see nothing but piles and piles of stuff scattered everywhere. You’ll make yourself a pledge that you’re going to clean it up and organize it, but you always end up putting it off. Why?
I’ll bet it’s because seeing all those boxes, and scattered tools, and and all that unused sports equipment just tossed together, probably makes it hard for you to know where to begin.
Writing a novel is exactly like that. It’s not so much about your skill level as it is about finding the willpower to hang on and see it through. I can’t tell you how many people, myself included, often end up psyching themselves out before they ever type one single word.
But I’m luckier than most because whenever I start to feel overwhelmed about tackling any big project, my little sister always tells me the same thing – every time.
“How do you eat an elephant, James? By taking it one bite at a time.”
That’s her way of reminding me that even the biggest of tasks is doable if you just break it down into smaller bites. By starting small, you discover how to attack bigger jobs in a way that you can easily handle.