Start before you’re ready.
When you’re an author, getting started can be tough. Blank screen. Blank mind. Blank look in your eyes.
Blankness happens to me a lot. It also happens to Mom when she’s starting a new story. She’s never REALLY ready to write. So she has to take Steven Pressfield’s advice and start anyway. She doesn’t start at the computer, though. She starts in her head. Mom always lets ideas sit up there inside her brain for a while before she starts something new. Mind-writing.
She mind-writes while we’re walking,
while we’re cuddling,
while we’re decorating,
and she even did some mind-writing while we visited Santa.
Mom says, “It’s not about how you start.” and “It’s not about when you start.” and “All that matters is that you start….and finish.”
And I say, “Maybe we can just mind-write a little more…”