Last fall two trees came down on our acreage and this spring two more needed to be removed—three tall fir and hemlock trees bordering the creek plus an alder that resided in its midst. The trunks were chainsawed into chunks and transported to our driveway where the pile of wood grew to a daunting height. Splitting and stacking the weighty pieces seemed like an overwhelming task. The gnarled and knotted grains resisted axe, maul and sledgehammer. We discussed the possibility of renting a woodsplitter but days went by as we procrastinated.
Today was the day. By 7:00 a.m. my husband was on the road to town to rent the splitter. By 8:30 a.m. he was hard at work. He split; I carried; friends helped. By 4:00 p.m. the pile of logs was reduced to useable lengths of firewood. The job was accomplished by making a start and working at it one piece at a time.
Similarly, writing happens one piece at a time–one word, one page, one scene. Only when we tackle the task with the goal in mind and commit to working systematically toward it will the end be realized. Don’t look at the overwhelming pile. Reach for one piece at a time.