There are almost as many writing guides as there are writers. Writing classes, blogs, and books, all telling you how to write that novel, short story, or email.
They natter on about characters, plot, setting. Discuss style, voice, and point of view. Tell you more than you ever wanted to know about grammar, but…
They don’t tell you how to get it done. How to drag the words out of your brain and pop them onto your screen.
They don’t mention the first rule of writing—
Stock Up On Chocolate.
Anyone who’s stared at a blank screen, deleted pages while weeping onto their keyboards, or tapped out two miserably, mediocre sentences in two hours knows that chocolate is essential.
Preferably, a combination of the two.
To paraphrase Kevin Costner in A Field of Dreams…Stock up on chocolate, and the words will come.