The Best Way to Start Writing

The hardest part of any undertaking is getting started. 

The hardest part of walking is taking those first few uncertain steps. 

The hardest part of yoga is getting on your mat. 

The hardest part of painting is putting those first few marks on a blank canvas. 

The hardest part of talking to a new person is starting the conversation. 

All in all, inception is one of the biggest hurdles in any new undertaking - and writing is no different. We think about what we might want to write, but never sit down to put those first few crucial words on paper. We tell ourselves that we'll get started if/when we have the time/confidence/education/energy, but right now, it's just not possible.

The thing is, though, once we stop pushing the starting line into the future and actually cross it, the entire process becomes easier. We can allow ourselves to be swept up in the flow, and act on the cues and inner feedback we receive. We are already on the track, so why not walk it, or even run? 

When we finally let go of our parents' hands, and take those first steps, we want to walk, because now we know we can. 

When we finally get to a yoga class, we want to practice. We're already there, so why not?  

When we finally put those first strokes on our canvases, we want to paint, because we can finally see beyond the blank canvas. 

When we get past that first awkward "small talk," we want to talk to that new person, because s/he has interesting things to say. 

And when we actually sit down and pound out those first few uncertain sentences, we will find that words have been longing to pour out of us and find a home on the page.

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Each time we overcome the "not now" and the "after I do this other thing," and bring ourselves to our desks, we have won a battle of will and desire. We have announced to the Universe, "This is important to me, and I intend to follow through." The importance of this declaration cannot be overstated. 

So what is the best way to start writing? 

Write.

Write now. 

Write every day. 

When you feel like you can't write, or you don't want to write, or you don't have time to write, write anyway. If you need a cheerleader or an accountability buddy, reach out to your friends, your family, or an editor like me. But whatever you do, don't stop showing up. Because the hardest part of the process is just getting to the starting line. 



Bryna Rene Haynes is the founder and President of The Heart of Writing, the chief editor for Inspired Living Publishing, and the best-selling author of The Art of Inspiration: An Editor's Guide to Writing Powerful, Effective Inspirational and Personal Development Books.In over a decade as a writer, editor, ghostwriter, designer, and publishing consultant, she has helped hundreds of authors find their authentic voices and create powerful, memorable, successful works. She lives outside of Providence, RI, with her husband, Matthew, and their little Moonbeam, Áine.