Many people think that writing means sitting down for hours as you pour over words. It doesn't have to be that way. Most people get bogged down in the details of getting started. Here's a quick tip: Pretend you are telling your friend what your story is as elevator doors are closing between the two of you. This gives you a quick way to determine what the story will be about. After that, provide a few details each time you feel like writing. You can use the elevator analogy with the details too. This brings you down to the essential pieces you want to include.