A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Since going back to college, I haven’t had as much time to write as I would like. I take a notebook with me to school, and during idle moments before and between classes, I write what I can. Over time, it’s added up to quite a bit of raw material that’s worth revising, including six short stories I want to release as a collection.
But finding the time to revise all this material has been another matter, since it’s not as easy as whipping out a notebook in whatever location I happen to be at the time. I need, like, a desk and my computer and ceramic wizard and stuff.
When some time does open up that I can use for revising, it’s easy to think, “Oh, it’s just a half hour at most. That’s not enough time to really get into anything serious, so why bother?” But after spending some time this afternoon going over a story, a random thought infiltrated my brain…
Even a small, single step brings one closer to the end of a journey.
While it’s not an original thought, nor as eloquent and enduring as Lao-Tzu’s words, it’s enough to make me realize maybe I can get more done during those stolen moments than I thought.
And because people like pictures, pirates, and cats, I present this picture of a pirate cat.
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How do you inspire yourself to see a long project through to the end? Have any favorite quotes you’d like to share? If you were to eat a single taco, would it be hard-shell or soft?