Writer Wednesday: Gradual Progress

Life seems to move at the speed of light, doesn’t it? Seems like just yesterday I was sprinting onto the recess playground, not a care in the world accept getting to the tetherball pole first. Nowadays, I wake up and it’s go-time right away. Run to the store, finish schoolwork, write a blog post, draft a novel, hit the gym, and eat good meals in between. Not to mention keeping up with friends, world events, and giving myself some healthy me-time. And this is all after I quit working a slavish 9-to-5, and I don’t have kids.

I have all the time in the world and I still feel like I’m never done running around!

We live in a fast-paced world, y’all. A culture of instantaneous gratification has made us all think things work now, now, now! I admit: I yell at my phone if it takes longer than a few seconds to load up a webpage. I get angry if I’m sat at a new green light for longer than a short second. I can barely stand in line at the grocery store without wanting to just sprint out with the basket and cackle maniacally toward my van. We are surrounded by a society that expects speed and efficiency, and so we believe that’s how life should move.

Truth is, life doesn’t move quickly.

The most amazing things in the Universe take the longest time to reach fruition. Nature is not inherently fast. Planets and stars are formed over eons. Mountains are formed over centuries. Forests take lifetimes. A human baby takes nine months just to develop, and then another 17 years and 3 months before it grows into a person old enough to buy porn.

That’s how it is with all things.

As writers, we eventually reach that period in our projects where we just want it all to be over. Thing is: it’ll only be over when it’s over. All you can do is sit down every day and water the tree a little. One word at a time. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy. You don’t have to punch out fifteen novels a year. You don’t have to write a paragraph every hour. You just go at the speed you need to go, and you keep on going that comfortable speed until you’ve finished what you set out to do. The important thing is that you keep making that gradual progress. So long as you’re working toward your goals, you’re doing something. Something is always better than nothing.

You can’t rush it, no matter how badly you just want to be done with the damn thing. All things need to run their course, and there’s just no use wishing it would go any faster. It can’t. Nothing worth growing grows quickly.

Novels are written one little word at a time. Remember that.

I love you all. Good luck out there.

— R.

Ronin is making gradual progress on his second novel. He’s also gradually traveling the United States with his trusty van, Rhino, and his amazing girlfriend @whiterhinodiary​! You can read all of his work and all of his adventures on InstagramFacebookTwitterTumblr, and WordPress. Subscribe to his YouTube channel for cool videos at the end of every month!

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Teach peace.


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