How to take tiny bites.
Long before anyone ever paid me to write professionally, I kept a journal.
I started doing Morning Pages religiously as a way to collect my thoughts at the beginning of the day.
While I have always been an avid reader—my mother is both a librarian and an English teacher—I never planned on becoming a full-time writer.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Material Art & Design (Textile Specialization) from OCAD University and a minor in Wearable Technology, also known as soft electronics.
I was a devout maker and I used to scoff at people who chose to do their work in front of something as two-dimensional and tedious as a computer screen.
When I went traveling after graduation, however, writing became a much more transportable creative practice for me. Aside from doing some costume design and prop construction for the Australian comedy duo Sammy J & Randy, I chose to do work outside of what I knew.
While I couldn’t see it at the time, I was collecting stories that would eventually make their way into my writing.
Now, many years—and, I’m sure, millions of words—later, I have finally gotten around to writing a daily blog. This is in large part thanks to my learnings from the project work I did during my coaching certification program through Integral Coaching Canada.
I started out wanting to write and publish my first book.
By the end of the program, however, I had made a commitment to grow my writing practice in the smallest and most sustainable way possible.
And so my practice of writing one blog post a day came to be.
(This post by Seth Godin also offered me some encouragement.)
It’s been less than a week since I started and I am already feeling the benefits of this decision. For one thing, I have something small to offer my online community on a daily basis. A tiny byte about what’s going on in my world.
They, in turn, have a small way of engaging with me when they choose to. Which, of course, fills me up.
While it might not feel as grandiose as being able to share a book that I’ve written, keeping a daily blog is proving to be a satisfying and fulfilling practice.
Most importantly, my daily blog allowed me to begin. It was that next step after my Morning Pages and before whatever comes next.
So, my question for you is, what’s the tiniest bite you can take out of the bigger thing you’re trying to create? What micro practice will get you a little bit closer to where you want to go?
What can you start today?
Taking on the small can sometimes feel like it’s not enough. And, for many of us, if we don’t start there, we’ll never get to taking on the big.
So it’s essential we take tiny bites.
Because the alternative is to let our creative selves go hungry. It’s to let the people who would be touched by our work go hungry.
The Why Cheap Art Manifesto from Bread & Puppet Theater reads, “ART IS FOOD. You can’t EAT it BUT it FEEDS you.”