Imagine a leaf
Think of its color, its shape.
Turn it over in your mind.
Imagine a tree
See it as a whole, standing in a field,
the branches swaying slightly in the breeze.
Imagine the impossible
Can you now imagine a tree,
and all the individual leaves,
at the same time?Of course not.
That is why writing is so hard.
We need to keep the general plot in mind,
while we write one line of dialogue.
We need to have the central thesis in mind,
while we work on an individual argument.
Taking it all in
Whether we are looking at a tree, or imagining one,
we simply cannot hold all the leaves in our mind as individual units.
And the same goes for stories and ideas.