Why is it is so hard to start a new piece of writing?
After teaching college students, coaching professionals, and writing for businesses, I’ve discovered three simple reasons:
You haven’t spent enough time gathering your thoughts or data needed to write.
You haven’t scheduled time to write.
You don’t know how to get started.
I’ve written other articles focused on the attitude of getting started. I even wrote a whole chapter on the topic in Write Big
, called the “Ready, Set, Mindset.”
Essentially, you have to stiff arm your internal critic by writing fast so you can make the important discoveries needed to write your project. It’s a trick for getting started not for writing an entire work, so use with caution.
In this article, however, I want to talk about what’s underneath the uncertainty of getting started, and I don’t mean your 4th grade teacher’s criticism of your...