Do you have a credo or personal value list? Basically this is a piece of writing that you do. It's a statement of your own values. I also include writing values. This list is helpfully when you are stuck or don't know where you are going with a piece. If you are working on a piece of writing all you have to do is look at your personal values and write from that place. Does anyone else do this? I guess it's a kind of philosophy on writing and life that can be used as the thought or basis of any work.