That aside, the one thing that I always noticed in martial arts, when they were done well (i.e. not by me) was that moment of focus when the instructor called out kamae-te and every student took the stance. In films the good guy or gal takes a few falls and then gets to their feet, stands with awareness and regroups. It's a way of tuning out distractions and all that mental chatter that besets us, and instead tuning in to the task at hand. Understanding our opponent requires that we understand ourselves.
Writers' greatest opponents are themselves (okay, and occasionally other writers!). There will be times when life knocks us down and we need to hear kamae-te from our core. All the doubt and disappointment and even ambition takes us away from NOW. Writers can only write in the now, irrespective of genre or whether it's fiction or non-fiction. That moment is always different and yet there's always something familiar about it. We sit, confronting possibility and follow the intent to make our first move.
What will you write today?