Quit while you’re ahead
Day 24 of the 100 Word Project
So it finally dawned on me why writing 100 words a day has seemed effortless: I’ve basically been internalizing one of Ernest Hemingway’s little nuggets of wisdom:
I had learned already never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.
In other words, quit while you’re ahead. If you stop writing when it gets tough, sitting down at your computer (or typewriter, if you want to be a hipster about it) to write again is going to be that much harder. Better to leave the story when it’s just getting good, so you can jump right back in.
True, I haven’t been publishing one continuous piece every day, but I’ve experienced that feeling of “oh snap, I still have a lot more to say” on multiple occasions.
The pressure’s off. I don’t have to publish lengthy posts with subheads and a coherent thesis.
But I could if I wanted to.