So, your daily writing time has begun and you're perched over your keyboard like a vulture observing a thing expire. How do you get started? What tricks work for you? I like to write the first sentence of my next piece at the end of the previous day's writing time. I make sure it has a good hook. For me, getting started is all about that first sentence. If I know a good song that captures the mood I'm aiming for, I'll play it.