In Lower Pomerania is the Diamond Mountain, which is two miles and a half high, two miles and a half wide, and two miles and a half in-depth; every hundred years a little bird comes and sharpens its beak on it, and when the whole mountain is worn away by this, then the first second of eternity will be over.
In The Shepherd Boy by Brother’s Grimm, the wise boy answers the question of ‘how many seconds of time are there in eternity’ with the above. It’s an idea that Doctor Who cleverly twisted and used in the episode Heaven Sent. It’s a concept we can use too.
I love ritual and having a daily routine. I’m not bound by it, but it is there for me to use, to work on and improve myself. One thing I have on my daily routine, practice or ritual, is to write. There are specific projects that I work on, but there is also this generic ‘writing ritual’. It’s an action in OmniFocus, so it pops up every day to confront me. Most days I accept it and get on with writing. It’s not just a task reminder but a reminder to write 1000 words.
I don’t always hit the 1000 mark, some days I don’t hit one, but most days I get pretty close. It is my ritual, my habit and my practice to write those words.
Little by little
Both the bird in the Grimm’s tale and Doctor Who, illustrate that by doing something small, something large can be accomplished. Yes, I know the bird was an illustration and it would die way before, and Doctor Who is purely fictitious… isn’t it? However, if we do something everyday, it will soon add up.
If you write and fill one side of A4, that’s approximately 250 words. If you write one side of A4 every day for a week that’s 1,750 words. If you do this for a whole year that’s over 90,000 words. 90,000 words is a very substantial novel!
A year may seem a long time, but it soon passes and by nibbling away every day, you’ll see your work grow. But you need to start.
If we set ourselves a daily writing goal then writing ‘that’ novel becomes a reality. You can write more or less each day, but by setting a regular goal, you’ll take a daily step to the bigger prize.
Now, off to write a few words and a few more… how about you?