Friday, August 03, 2012
Writing: Running The First Mile
That having been said, on my walks I've discovered that it's tough to get started, but once I'm going it gets easier. Now that I think about it, writing is that way. It's tough to get going--to sit down at the computer and craft the beginning of a piece, whether it's a 250 word meditation for The Upper Room or an 80,000 word novel for Thomas Nelson Company. (Please excuse the shameless plug).
But once I get started, once I introduce the characters and define the story arc, things flow more easily. I've run the first mile. That doesn't mean that the words just jump onto the page. Hardly. But running the first mile, or writing the first page, or crafting the first paragraph are the hardest parts of the journey.
Of course, this isn't just true of writing. How many times have I been faced with a difficult task, only to find that once I got started it was manageable? How about you? Is this true of your life? Or am I the only one who has trouble getting out of the starting blocks?
(Photo of Olympian Bob Hayes via Flickr).