When Method Meets Craft
'Novices sometimes imagine writing as dark magic, something known only to some mystical inner circle. They pick up a professional's finished work, marvel at its seamless perfection, and think, I could never do that. Nonsense. Take if from someone who's been scouting around inside the mystic circle for decades. I work shoulder to shoulder with some of the best writers on the planet, and never once have we danced around a cauldron. Some hocus-pocus might help, but we don't know any. So we just get down to work. Great writing happens not through some dark art, but when method meets craft. The secret--if there is one--is to take one manageable step at a time. Superman may leap tall buildings in a single bound, but the best writers I know sit down at their keyboards and write one line. And then another. And another.'
--from Oregonian writing coach Jack Hart's book, A Writer's Coach--An Editor's Guide to Words That Work.