One foot in front of the other. One step at a time.
That applies not just to writing novels, but all the other creative endeavors I'm taking on.
I have to avoid my usual tendency of being 10 steps ahead of myself and seeing all the things that go into a project to make it successful. I can't overwhelm myself with all of those steps. Just do one thing at a time, and even if it's a small step, it's still progress.
Progress is the goal, even if it goes slowly. Or in a twisty-turny way that makes sense to almost nobody else but me. I have faith in me to do exactly what's right, even if it takes a little longer or is a little more work.
Every day I make any progress toward any of my (3? 4?) main creative goals is a step in the right direction.
Now I just need to shut up that voice in my head that says I'm not stepping fast enough, or doing enough.
I have to remember I'm doing the best that I can at any given moment. (I really am.)
And that good things take time to build. Time that it's OK to pour into a project so it gets done the right way.
I'm never as far off as I fear I am. I'm always closer than it seems.