The best creative writing advice I’ve ever received is also the simplest, and applies to many other areas of life: start writing. If you have writers’ block, start writing. If you’ve written 100k words and don’t yet know where your story is going, start writing. If you are so busy with other life junk you fear you’ll never find time to finish that novel, start writing. Starting really is the hardest part, but inertia works both ways. Once you start, it gets easier and easier to keep going. The trick–the only trick in the book, really–is to simply start.