I can’t remember when I read On Writing. High school, maybe? Early college? I don’t remember much of the details King talked about anymore (I should probably re-read it at some point…), but I still remember this quote.
I repeat it to myself a lot. It’s a reminder to look at the big picture more than anything. Someone told me once that to sail against the wind, a ship would tack back and forth, making this crazy zigzag pattern. For much of the journey, the ship was most definitely not headed in the direction of the destination. And if it was on a Google Map, and you were zoomed way in, you’d be like “what the hell, you’re going to wrong way. Why do you keep turning back and forth? What a waste of time.” When obviously, going straight forward wasn’t an option.
But when you zoom out, eventually, the line starts to look…pretty straight.
(Sometimes you have to zoom wayyyyy out.)