Monday, January 10, 2011

Choose One Thing

When asked, “How do you write?” I invariably answer, “one word at a time.” —Stephen King 

Last week you dreamed about what might be possible. You thought about what you want to give up, what you hope to take on, and what you want to write. Now it is time to choose one goal and make a plan to achieve it.

“Just one?” you ask. “But I have a million good ideas.”

Most writers have a million good ideas floating around in their brains. We jot them in our notebooks and on our to-do lists, but often juggling too many good ideas and potential projects prevents us from finishing any of them.

Make this year different. Choose one project and schedule time to work on it. Write one word at a time until the project is done. When you have finished writing and revising to your satisfaction, choose another project.

This is how a writer builds a large body of work—by writing one word at a time. Now go and do likewise!

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