How to eat a Whale

Melinda Mae – Shel Silverstein

Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae,
Who ate a monstrous whale?
She thought she could,
She said she would,
So she started in right at the tail.
And everyone said,”You’re much too small,”
But that didn’t bother Melinda at all,
She took little bites and she chewed very slow,
Just like a good girl should…
…and in eighty-nine years she ate that whale
Because she said she would!

Melinda Mae’s task is just as fearsome as the writing and editing process.  We write one word, comma, period, or quotation mark at a time.  I hope I’m not 89 by the time I finish this one project.  My goals have to be realistic and I can’t let fear freeze my process.

I’m the only one who can tell my story, one word at a time.



  • haha I wondered where you were going with that poem, but I really like how you tied it together. I certainly understand that feeling, it gets quite overwhelming at times. Most of the time, actually. I’m glad to know others are going through it too, it’s inspiring to know we all face the same challenges.

    • Thank you for stopping by. This writing adventure is a grand adventure, with its ups and downs. But the over all average is one exciting journey.

  • Brilliant! Love the poem and your comments, so true.

    • Thank you for your visit and your comment. I hope you comeback and visit often.

  • Yes! This is awesome. Exactly right, and well timed–I needed this reminder today. How do you eat a whale? One bite at a time…. thanks, lady! 🙂

    • Anytime my friend! I needed the reminder too. 🙂

      Plus, who can resist the illustrations?

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  • That’s how I have to take my revisions right now—one bite or scene at a time. But always moving forward, even if it’s slow sometimes. We’ll get there!

    • I was starting that never ending whirl in my head when I found the poem again. One word at a time. 🙂

  • Reblogged this on Veronica Park – Author – Journalist – World Traveler and commented:
    I loved this post. Cause I love me some Shel!

    • Thanks for the comment and reblog! Patience is the virtue I’m constantly working on. 🙂

  • This is perfect! That is exactly how I feel when I’m imagining I need to finish my book in one magical moment where it all just flows. Of course that leads to pressure, guilt and subsequently a state of frozen panic. The work must be done one bite at a time – thank you for the reminder! My husband often needs to remind me to eat my food one bite at a time as well!

    • Thanks for coming by! I have to remind myself of this everyday.

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