The slow process of beginning

Jose Saramago in his novel “The Cave” ruminates on what it is like to begin a project. In the novel, the project is making clay figurines, but I wonder if Saramago was describing his own writing process too.

“…we say to the indecisive, ‘Begin at the beginning,’ as if that beginning were the clearly visible point of a loosely wound thread and that all we had to do was to keep pulling until we reached the other end, and as if, between the former and the latter, we had held in our hands a smooth, continuous thread with no knots to untie, no snarls to untangle…
…the beginning is never the clear, precise end of a thread, the beginning is a long, painfully slow process that requires time and patience in order to find out in which direction it is heading, a process that feels its way along the path like a blind man…”