Sometimes the best way to begin is just to start. Too much priming, preparation and research can be immobilising. It opens the door to the inner critic before you have even made your first move. Whether it is a writer facing a blank page or a painter in front of a blank canvas the feeling is the same.
What if it turns out to be terrible?
What if I can't think of anything?
What if I don't do my idea justice?
What if I am actually no good at this?
You have to give yourself permission to try - and give your creative product the chance to be however it is going to be. Good, bad or otherwise. But as Louis L'Amour tells us, nothing happens unless you open that faucet. Don't be waiting to be 'ready'. That may never happen.
Don't wait around for inspiration. You have to get going, the muse will follow. Elizabeth Gilbert has a heart felt TED talk on this - check it out here.
Whatever it is that you are planning to do... go ahead - just start! You will never find out until you begin.