A Little Goes A Long Way
My husband left work to attend our three-year old’s ballet recital. Her face beamed when she saw us. After her three-minute performance to “Purple People Eater,” she ran up to us, the cape of her Supergirl costume flying, and gave us a big hug. Though time seems to go by so fast, moments like these remind me that it only takes three minutes to make a lasting impression. We can’t catch time. It seems to slip through our fingers in the blink of an eye. With only 24 hours in a day, we have to spend a significant amount of time eating, working, sleeping. The best stuff happens in little moments: laughter over a quick meal, a kiss when you’ve been apart all day, a bedtime story. Like playful footprints in shallow mud, memorable imprints are made in small steps. Time can fly by, but it can’t stop us from making life full. If you’re like me, writing brings you joy, but it’s easy to dismiss it as an unimportant hobby when life is busting at the seams already. I sometimes forget that any time (much or little) that I spend writing is a gift. It is fruitful to get down one more thought, one more page, a poor draft, a character sketch. We know that these little pieces are all part of the process.
Benefits of writing even a little each day:
It adds up
First drafts get more polished
You get faster at quality writing and can have more success in less time
You get attached to the work and ideas keep coming, so you write more
You can’t fail
I firmly believe in this quote from Ray Bradbury, “You only fail if you stop writing.” You don’t have to be a superhero to write a novel, but you do have to inch along. Just like the rest of life, we can achieve big goals in small moments. A little goes a long way, so don’t let time stop you from writing. Make time to do the things you love.
That’s why Lessons on Paper exists. We’re here to give you that daily encouragement to keep writing. We hope this becomes part of your day just like morning coffee. We’re all in this do-what-you-love journey together. Ask yourself these simple questions: Why do I write? What time can I carve out this week to write something?
Ashley Soden is the director of Write/Create, Inc. in Katy, TX. When she's not writing, she's living life to the full with her husband and three energetic kids.