Last week was awesome. I reopened to queries, and every day, I carved out a little time in the afternoon to go through that day’s batch of email. It was fantastic! I was so on top of things! And then…
One day, I didn’t have any time in the afternoon, so I told myself I’d get to the queries the next day. But the next day there were more. And then it was the weekend, and even more came in. And suddenly, there’s a growing pile waiting to be read.
So readers, learn from my mistake. Don’t let it all get away from you. Don’t let the little things build up and build up until they become an avalanche of a to-do list.
If you’re a writer who’s done NaNoWriMo, you know how this works — do a little bit each day and you’ll finish the month with a novel. No one expects you to write 50,000 words on November 30th. Just as no one expects the Great American Novel or a New York Times bestseller from you the first time you put pen to paper.
It takes time, and constant pecking away at the To-Do list. Constant revision and rewriting and editing, and sometimes, throwing it all out and starting again. But it’s still progress.
And you can do it, one step at a time.