driving in the dark

As I’ve written before about being directionally correct, we don’t know the full path to get to where we are trying to go.

Recently, I came across a quote by E.L. Doctorow in the book Bird By Bird that I loved:

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

This doesn’t just apply to writing — it’s how I feel most days in my business. I know where I’m headed. But despite plenty of planning back at the house, when I get on “the road,” I can realistically only see as far as my headlights.

This isn’t to say I’m lost or looking for direction — I know my direction, and I know my destination. But through the nighttime and the fog, I have to take it one step at a time.


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