So I was reading this post over at The Happiness Project where the blogger/author Gretchen Rubin references “the argument of the growing heap” from Erasmus’s THE PRAISE OF FOLLY. Disclaimer: I have not read THE PRAISE OF FOLLY. In fact, I’ve not read any Erasmus, and oddly I’m OK with that. It’s not like how I haven’t read any Dickens, and so I feel like a total fraud. I really should get to GREAT EXPECTATIONS. It’s sitting on my shelf.
Anyway, back to “the argument of the growing heap.” Here is the footnote quote that Rubin references:
“If ten coins are not enough to make a man rich, what if you add one coin? What if you add another? Finally, you will have to say that no one can be rich unless one coin can make him so.”
Rubin goes on to describe the paradox: “Often, when we consider our actions, it’s clear that any one instance of an action is almost meaningless, yet at the same time, a sum of those actions is very meaningful.”
I immediately thought of writing. As summer rolls in and steals my free time with fun, sunny outtings and the resulting freckles and heat exhaustion, I noticed that I have started slacking. What does it matter if I don’t work on my WIP today? What’s one day? But that’s how butt-in-chair pays off. Multiple one-days eventually add up to a finished draft, a revised MS, a shining query letter. At the end, you can look at the heap of writing progress and see how far you’ve come, but it all comes down to one day. Lots and lots of one-days.
So, how do you stay productive in the busy summer months? Does summer sap your productivity?