Nonfiction often starts for me as bulleted lists. I imagine what things the finished work would answer, how it would do it and I write it down. Not that I know how to fill them, but what might good section headings be? Eventually I had enough material to psyche myself up for the dive back into My novel as it wasnt a blank page anymore. Smart writers have stockpiles of old ideas to arm themselves against the evils of the blank page. By this I mean I created a word document named My Novel, hit save and then got drunk with friends. The next day, terrified as I was to return, I created a second document, called My Novel notes. And remember writers like making names and overthinking things: there is no term for architect-block, painter-block, juggler-block or composer-block. Every creative pursuit faces similar pressures, but they dont obsess about it the way writers seem to do. Get their opinions on whatever youre writing, or throw them a bit of yours. Take notes about the conversation. Guess what? Youve started writing. Friends are too busy? Go to a caf or bar.
Sometimes its love you need, so go to your masters: Emerson, Fitzgerald, Orwell, King, get your nose into whoevers writing get you jazzed. Writers often write about writing 3, a trick few arts can follow; so reflective motivation from writers is easy to find. But 20 minutes later when I hit a wall on Project B, a wall that, by comparison, seems like the Maginot line, Im more than happy to return to A, even if its a blank page.