*Fear is an inevitable part of any creative process. Recognize it but don’t let it get to you. Plow through it.
*The only way to prepare for writing is, undoubtedly, to start writing.
*You can’t expect to flawlessly spill the whole novel onto the page in just one take. Don’t be intimidated by the imperfections of a draft.
*Write, even if you feel you have nothing to say at that particular moment. Stop worrying about structure and trust the pieces will eventually fall into place.
*Be specific about what you want to write about.
Today a very astute classmate in Make Writing A Happy Habit posted the above synopsis of wisdoms she's gathered from thoughts shared on the class blog by our writing coach Cynthia Morris and the other students. They are a perfect gathering of precepts to keep our writing craft moving forward. I am adopting them as my canon, and therefore am calling them my Canon of Writing Continuity.