“Rule #2: Writers fare best when they begin before feeling fully ready. Motivation comes most reliably in the wake of regular involvement.
“Initially, this second rule seems to contradict the first. It, after all, counsels writers to launch projects somewhat impulsively, without full confidence of feeling inspired or knowing what will be said. But, in practice, beginning early means beginning with immersion in the kinds of prewriting exercises that make active waiting productive and reassuring. When we begin by involving ourselves in the conversations of writers and by collecting things we can add, we build a calm, enduring motivation for writing.” (236)