By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning nonprofit content writer, website publisher, and author of 9 books.
An online devotional for writers
It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree. (Matthew 13:32, NLT)
Write a sentence and you can write a book. (Or an article, blog post or any other writing project).
That’s a different way to look at overwhelm, isn’t it?
Consider this: the average non-fiction book is 12 chapters long.
The average chapter in a non-fiction book is 2,000 words – the same length as a longish article or blog post. Instead of thinking you need to write a chapter, just write a blog post or article. Do 12 of them, and you have a book.
The idea of an article or blog post seems like too much? Just write a sentence. The average 2,000-word chapter, article, or blog post has about 130-150 sentences. Put about 5 of them together and you have a paragraph.
Write a sentence. Write another one. And another. Do that over and over and you’ll have a paragraph … a chapter … a book.
Jesus explained the same principle using the example of a mustard seed. It’s the smallest of seeds, just as a sentence is the smallest unit of a book or other large writing project.
That tiny seed grows into a tree. Sentences added together become an article, a blog post, or a book.
Write a sentence and you can write a book.
I confess that I get easily overwhelmed, even when You give me good ideas. Thank you that I don’t need to write a project all at once. Let me work hard and write one sentence at time. I trust that You will help me put the whole thing together.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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