Ever find yourself staring at a blank piece of paper or a blank screen, knowing that you need to be writing but unsure of quite how to start?
And one way of dealing with that is to just start writing or typing about whatever is running through your head. Because, when you get your writing in motion, many times something will come to you, once you’re underway.
It’s kinda like a long distance runner who needs to stretch and then start out slow before he can really start eating up the miles.
One of my favorite beginnings (that you’ll find at the head of many of my rough drafts) when I don’t know how to start is something like “I don’t know how to get started on this. I don’t have an opening sentance; and so I’m going to start typing now and just hope that something comes to me soon…”
A bumpy start, like a bicycle on a cobblestone street, but as I type, gradually things begin to smooth out and flow.
When I finish, I can always go back and fix the start at that point, and at that point, it’s usually much easier to fix.
So, the next time you get stuck, just begin
and see what happens