WRITING TIP: Beat resistance with this easy trick

Whenever we set out to do creative work, we inevitably encounter resistance. Sometimes it’s disguised as “research,” sometimes as outer demands, sometimes as a mind that turns flat and disinterested in our own inner lives. But most dangerous of all is contingency — the tendency to say, “once I do _____, then I’ll nurture my creative life.” The antidote? Do the creative work first, even if just for 10 minutes. Says author Steve Pressfield: “Resistance knows that the longer we noodle around ‘getting ready,’ the more time and opportunity we’ll have to sabotage ourselves. Resistance loves it when we hesitate, when we over-prepare. The answer: plunge in.”