Ha! I know I got your attention with that title!
Seriously, this question “How do you eat an elephant?” with the answer “One bite at a time.” Has been around for a very long time. It is used to illustrate the fact that big projects or big dreams need to be accomplished slowly or “one bite at a time”.
“One bite at a time” is a method I should apply to my writing. One word at a time or one plot at a time, and maybe then one book at a time. It all starts with one word, which leads to a sentence, one paragraph and so on.
It doesn’t always work, though. I have to be diligent in not getting ahead of myself. But, it is so hard to pull away from the wonderful descriptions of the characters, to do the dreaded outline of the story. Or when I am deep into a scene, to come up for air and realise that I haven’t got a clear story arc. I tend to jump around like a frog going from one lily pad to another with no clear goal in mind.
To try to eat slowly, I use colored pencils for the dialogue, a different color for each person. I have my steno pad, index cards and notebook in a colored file folder for each project. I try to set a schedule that allows me to go from characters, to outline, to scenes so I don’t get bored.
Do you have ideas that help you eat the elephant one bite at a time? How do you keep yourself organized and focused during a project? Please post your organizational ideas, you might save me from choking on my next elephant! LOL!
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