It’s been said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It’s been said so often, in fact, that most people gloss over what happens after that first step. Most people don’t know that there are over two thousand steps in one mile; and very few have taken that extra – well, step – to determine that there are over two million steps in one thousand miles.
That alone tells us something far, far more enlightening than Lao-Tzu’s proverb; we place so much emphasis on beginning things and ending things. We forget about everything in between. Some steps are larger than others, but they are still steps; there are two million of them to be taken in that lengthy journey, and it should never enter the mind that these middle steps are insignificant.
Think of your writing the same way. If you’re a beginning author, don’t imagine that your first sentence will be brilliant. In fact, don’t assume that the last one will be, either; focus on the path. Think about where you want to go, but remember that each sentence builds on the others before it, thousands at a time. You are walking the road, but you are also creating it simultaneously, brick by brick and step by step.