For Writers: A Quick Tip on Starting

When writing, there’s a danger in depending too much on preparation. Yes, preparation is important, but you’re not going to figure everything out about a writing project before you start it. Part of the point is that you figure it out while doing it. You’re planning a book, and you can’t figure out the solution to a certain plot puzzle, or how one of your characters feels about something, or even what someone’s name is? Maybe that means it’s time to start writing. You’re not completely ready? As with most things in life, if you wait until you’re completely ready, you’ll never start. Get a new definition for “ready.” Just as courage often involves being scared to death, readiness often involves accepting that you don’t really know what’s going to happen. 🙂

I also advise tea and chocolate.