How To Eat A Piece Of Writing Pie: One Bite At A Time

by Jennifer Blanchard

One bite at a time

Have you ever tried writing a novel, but stopped before you finished? Many writers feel intimidated by the idea of writing a novel. It seems too big a project or it will take way too much time.

But the truth is, you can do it. You just have to break it down so it’s manageable.

Pick Out Your Pie

To start, you need to pick one writing project to focus on. Choosing one project will keep you from getting overwhelmed.

Pick something you can complete from start to finish without getting bored. If you’ve never written before, you may want to start with something like an essay or short story before you dive into a novel.

Slice It Up

A pie is typically divided into eight slices. Same goes for your writing project. Break it up into small, manageable pieces. (I define manageable as something that will take you 30 minutes to an hour to complete.)

For example, an essay could have six  ‘slices’:

  1. Brainstorm an idea
  2. Choose an idea
  3. Create an outline
  4. Write first draft
  5. Read through draft and make notes
  6. Edit draft into final version

Each piece becomes part of the entire writing project.


Now pick a slice and start working on it bite-by-bite.

And remember, you don’t have to always do things in order. If you’re working on a novel, for example, you might want to write the final chapter before you write the first chapter. It’s all up to you.

Once you’ve finished working through your project, you can start on something else. Using the one-bite-at-a-time method, you can get any piece of writing completed.

How do you make your writing projects more manageable?

Today’s Challenge: Take your current writing project (or start a new one) and divide it up into smaller pieces. Now choose a piece (any piece) and get to work.

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is the founder of Procrastinating Writers, a blog that offers guidance for writers who struggle to get started. She is co-founder of the Better Writing Habits challenge.

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