The hardest part of writing is getting started. Once I've gotten something down on the computer, and I've got at least two pages out, I can usually pursue the project to completion. The work takes on a momentum of its own as I get the ball rolling. But getting the ball rolling in the first place is the tough part. Coming up with an idea for a work can be maddening, but you can't let it seize you up. Let it flow . . . even if at first it seems like a crappy idea, just write something. Maybe it'll turn out well. There are no guarantees that you're going to create a great story. But if you don't let it flow, you have nothing. So what if I write a piece of crap? I can always throw it out. Not everything can be a gold nugget. It helps to be relaxed when you're writing, so that extraneous interruptions and disruptive emotions don't hamper your creativity. Such interruptions and emotions can exert a chokehold on creativity. I have a name for this relaxation. I call it balancing, or centering, myself. I like to take long walks to relax myself and get me in shape for the marathon of writing. Writing is hard, time-consuming work, but don't make it too hard on yourself or you will stopper your creativity. Once you get started writing, it goes easy. At this point, you are like a well-honed athlete doing his thing. And then it all falls into place.