I live in Cambridge, UK. One of the most famous Christmas traditions here is the service of carols and lessons from King’s College Chapel on Christmas Eve. Each year, the 3 pm service is broadcast live to millions around the world. Since 1919, the service has always started with a lone treble chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City.
The choirmaster doesn’t tell the choristers who the soloist will be until seconds before the carol starts. All the boy sopranos need to be ready to sing, and when the time comes, the choirmaster looks directly at one and gestures for him to step forward. There is no time to get wound up or lost in nerves; the singer is surprised into song.
Today, go back to your writing wish list from 11 December. Choose one of the pieces you listed and surprise it into being. Give it no time to waver or stall, nod to it with supreme authority: ‘You. Now.’
And start writing.