The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
- unknown (attributed often to both Mark Twain and Agatha Christie)
So we don't know who said this, but it's often attributed to one of two writers, so that will have to be good enough for this writing-related blog!
One of the things that paralyzes many people (not just writers) is fear, and one way that fear paralyzes people is by keeping you from getting started. After all, if you don't start -- if you don't try -- well, then, you can't fail! Of course, you also can't succeed. And there are many, many ways that writers can identify success, depending on their own personal goals. Even if it's not "getting ahead" in the way that people might traditionally think of that phrase, you can be a success, but only if you first get started.