If asked, many writers will say that once they have pulled up a chair and begun to put words on paper or screen, within 15 minutes (30, the most), they are engulfed in the creative flow.
Beginning is the writer's nemesis. And what makes a writer.
Beginning means to turn deliberately away from other life activities and commit to this creative process. Beginning means that something else will not get done, must be discarded, must stop. Beginning is an act of faith, an act of courage.
Taking the trash out is easier.
In her inspirational book Walking On Alligators, Susan Shaughnessy says that we must examine our rituals and rhythms and determine what helps us reach our daily Beginning--and what is mere procrastination. Some of us ease into that first word of the day; others leap in, knowing that if they don't get started immediately, the day is lost.
How do you get to your daily Beginning? Is there anything you could change to make that Beginning easier, smoother?
May you find the Beginning process that slides you right into writing every day!