On the general topic, I was interested to hear Lin-Manuel Miranda talking about being blocked from starting Hamilton. He had been researching for a year and a half, but there is always more to read, and he was lost about how to even start on the musical. So he met a Broadway veteran at a bar and explained his problem.

The Broadway vet said, you’ve done enough research. You must have a couple of songs you have a sense of what you want to write. Just start writing them.

So Lin-Manuel started writing those songs and magically the whole structure of the play revealed itself and he was away.

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