You've sat down to work on your book — finally, after all this time — and the terror and confusion waste no time setting in. Where do you start? How do you make sense of what's already happened on the page? How can you get your thoughts clear? Will this matter at all to anyone?
Stop. Pause. Breathe.
Take a deep breath right here. Close your eyes. Listen to the ambient noises around you. Put your hand on your chest and feel your heartbeat.
You are alive, right here. You have what you need in this moment.
Notice what story or image or piece of dialogue rises to the surface in this pause. Now write that. Start there.