Struggling Writer Angst

Last night was the first day of my new class, Novel Writing. I enjoyed it and everything but I haven’t been able to move in to actually writing  because I do not think I could write anything worth reading.

Every single time I go to write I reread it and think that it is the worst crap that anybody has ever written. I usually delete it and give up on my ideas. I know that I can write, and write well, and I know that I have good ideas but I just cannot get off the mental blocks that I strap to myself. Does anybody have any ideas of what I should do to allow myself to write because I want to write…I need to write. Any help would be good!

2 Responses to “Struggling Writer Angst”
  1. indyink says:

    You’re in good company. Everybody HATES their first draft of anything… especially the great writers! Writing is like sculpting. You throw down an ugly wad of clay and just start forming (editing) it. You have to do this several times before it becomes anything somebody could possibly understand or even like.

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. The true challenge of a first draft is to just get it out of your head and into print. Use voice to text software (like Dragon or something) if that works better. Then wait until the next day and start sculpting. Leave it for a few more hours and sculpt some more. Revise, revise, revise.

    You can do it. I promise. Blessings and best of luck. 🙂

  2. Neeks says:

    indyink that is a gret analogy. I saw something on Twitter today, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” By LOUIS L’AMOUR, that’s a good one too!

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