Hello everybody, I´m new here so I apologize if my topic has already been discussed before... I´m also a beginner to writing - meaning last time I´ve written something was last year for several workshops. I have always ideas in my head and had always wanted to get them down on paper though. Now I´ve got one particular novel idea I find quite promising. Since I´m a pretty good planner - I´ve already started plotting it (characters, some scenes and parts of the three intertwining story lines) and although there is still a lot of planning/plotting to do I´m starting to think "well at some point I need to start writing". To be honest that makes me a bit nervous (I know I sound crazy...) because I don´t have much exercise. So my question to you guys is: What kind of exercises will help me to "shut down" my inner critic and just start exercising my writing? Do I start with short stories? Or just parts of stories? Or could I even start writing parts of my novel? I just want to get a feeling for it, more experience and calm down my ever-planning brain... Thanks for any advice or book tips!