Every step of that is part of the process that creates the product. Remove the sugar or the machine, and you can't have a candy cane. And that's the trick -- if it takes you six hours of agony, staring at a blank page to get started writing your book, or drawing your first panel of the comic book, or striking that first chord of a song, then it takes you six hours.
That time is part of the process. The procrastination, the hemming and hawing, the research, the noodling and doodling and humming. It's who you are. It's the machine.
And sometimes, you gotta put the sugar through it to get the candy cane at the end.
The sooner you embrace this fact -- that all of it is the process -- the sooner you can get to work making and doing what you want to make and do. And as you do that, you can begin fine-tuning the machine, taking out bits you don't need and streamlining the process to be more efficient.
But not until you realize that the process is the process. And once you do realize that, life gets better.
I hope this helps, because it really helped me in my life. I cannot tell you how much, because to try would be to fail. But know that my most sincere wish this year is that you can take this idea, think about it and accept it, because I want YOU to be happy. That's your present to me.