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What difference does a detail make?


Details. These little buggers are what meld the separate parts of stories together and turn them into a whole. Not only that. They help other things – even those not related to writing.

Imagine that. A word common for all.

A few weeks back I mentioned the change of my saying, “I’ll try to write today.” to “I’m going to write today.” Believe it or not, such a simple change made all the difference. If I sit down and intend to write, I get it done; not always much, yet words hit the paper. That’s all that matters.

I recently discovered another such detail. Due to my absence from work until the 26th of October, most of this month’s hours were scheduled into the last six days of the month. Where I normally work once or twice per week, I now had 31,5 hours packed into six days unrelentingly. Six days of college, followed by work.

It has halted my writing, but with National Novel Writing Month just around the corner, I’m not worrying about that too much.

Initially, the idea of spending so much time at work terrified me. What if I got overworked, what if I got sick? So many questions and, of course, the physical labor this job calls for. Then, I realized something and this small detail has helped me through three of the six days.

It’s just work.

I go to work, do my job, and then go back home.

So what if something happens? This small difference has completely thrown my old perspective out the window and changed my mentality. For the first time, I don’t dread work, knowing I’ll be physically and mentally exhausted afterwards. On the contrary, these past three days have passed without any form of physical or mental exhaustion.

Maybe working full-time in France helped that. Either way: The small change and the working experience have banded together to help me. The next three days have longer hours and still my fear vanished – gone.

Remember, the smallest detail can make all the difference.

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

10 thoughts on “What difference does a detail make?

  1. I totally agree! I used to be really concerned about my performance at work — and it’s not even a job that’s remotely important to me, it’s just a casual job I have to have some money to spend ’til the end of my bachelor — but then I realised that it’s just a little, silly job that my future employers aren’t probably even going to care about. So then I relaxed.

    • Exactly! My current job is the same; part-time while I study for the career I really want. It might be stressful at times, but remembering that it is just a temporary job just dropped the load off my shoulders. I think about work when I’m at work, not when I’m at home.

  2. It’s great to hear you’re not worrying about work. We’re all brought up in a world where our jobs are so outrageously important, but as you said, it’s just a job. There are more important things in life to worry about than whatever work we’re currently (and temporarily) employed at. 🙂


    • Exactly, we’re all brought up that way, but no one tells us that, in the end, other things are more important. This job is temporary, just for while I’m at college, to earn some money. There’s no reason to stress so much about it.

  3. I agree. For the last while I’ve had a really hard time truly engaging with some of the kids in my care. There is a big difference between “I will try” and “I will”, and remembering that has made for better days for all of us, here. Great post!

  4. Yes! I’m just the same! One little change causes a whole paradigm shift. After I’d had a few moments I started looking for little changes I could make to my attitude about everything ‘negative’. I’d forgotten about this and have been digging myself into holes lately, thank you 🙂

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  6. This is really interesting. As someone who is well into the world of work and has to in order to pay bills I’ve thought long and hard about it especially since it is so easy to use it as an excuse for not writing. I’m glad you came to the I will write stance. I try to write every day. It doesn’t always happen but once you have that mindset it is surprising how much you can get done despite work. I wish you continued success with this.

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