Packing for the Climb

Packing for the Climb

A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”


I love that quote, a version of which was once attributed to Lincoln, but on investigation, Quote Investigator discovered, he actually never said such a thing.

I’m happy he didn’t. While I’m a big fan of Abe, I am more a fan of the simple man who gave me a new perspective on my writing, my life, and every adventure I have.

For me, the moral is; Take the time to get ready mentally, physically and emotionally. Seems to me it saves a lot of heartache in the long run.

So it’s time to pack.

If I was preparing for an easy hike climb, I’d grab my good hiking shoes, enough water to last you for the duration, some snacks, a first aid kit, a hiking pack to carry all my gear.

Preparing to climb a craft book takes no less rigor, and if you’re interested in climbing along, here’s your first Give It a Go Challenge: Pack your bags too.

Be sure to bring:

  • A copy of James Scott Last Fifty Pages book–check.
  • Sticky notes–check-You’ll need both large and small
  • Pens, in a range of colors-check
  • Highlighters, in a range of colors-check
  • A notepad
  • Any of your other favorite stationary supplies
  • Computer
  • Manuscript printed out
  • A blocked-out time period
  • An abundance of coffee or your favorite go-to beverage
  • Snacks to last the duration

Give it a Go Challenge: Now that you have your supplies, is there anything we’re missing? Share your thoughts with us all.

Mucho love,


P.S. Next up: The Final Getting-Ready Step.

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