Still, nothing actually happens until you make a start. I have found that, once I have overcome my inertia, I can set a cracking pace. I wrote my novel Vanishing Act in a month, designed and typeset it within a week and had an international worst-seller the following day. I know that literary colossi labour over their masterworks for ages - none more so than Truman Capote:
"I write my first version in longhand (pencil). Then I do a complete revision, also in longhand. Essentially I think of myself as a stylist, and stylists can become notoriously obsessed with the placing of a comma, the weight of a semicolon."
It irritated Capote (and I have to say it would drive me bonkers). I saw the Capote quote on a site called Daily Routines - How writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days. Which I have found reading is the perfect antidote for beginning the work at hand.