Neil Gaiman says just write; just get the words down; don’t worry about your first draft, no one will ever see it; get the ideas and the words down. Just write.
That is hard advice for me to follow. I need to know where the story is going and how it will get there. I need to go over the words and examine the phrases and inspect the plot and, and, and all the other things I need to do first.
But I’ll try it.
Because Neil Gaiman said it.