I used to think that if I had the tools, the writing would come. As long as I had a mechanical pencil and a nice, big notebook with room for my ideas the words would just spill out of me. But that wasn’t the secret.
I just had to start. Now that I’ve started I write on anything, with anything. I am constantly jotting thoughts on my phone, or scrambling for a napkin to scrawl on at a restaurant (which, coincidentally, quite often seem to be the first medium of epic ideas – most of my fathers anyway). The point is that if you um and ah about things too much, you miss it. Don’t postpone it. Don’t miss it.
Just start. Just get out there and do something. Take advantage of the hundreds of opportunities that surround you each day. Create something new. One of my favourite quotes is “if you’re not prepared to be wrong you’ll never come up with anything original”. I love this. So what if some people don’t like it? Some will. And even if no one does you can always try again. Just start writing, or painting, or drawing, or taking photos, or dancing, or singing, or running. And no one will laugh at you, because you’ve gone one step further than they have. Instead of talking about it endlessly, you’ve actually done it.