I know how you feel. It absolutely sucks to have a pile of half finished works laugh at your face. The scribbled sentences start to taunt you and the blank pages stare back with contempt.
Or maybe you are just starting out and you are paralyzed with indecision, afraid to start.
But the truth is, no writer on the planet has everything figured out, even if they act like they do (especially online).
Fear plays a very large role in the writing process.
Stories change as you write them. No writer writes the book they first envision in their head. It is common for your interests to change in a blink of an eye — especially if you spend too much time online. (Here are two ways to spend more time writing instead of spinning your wheels.)
The best writing advice in the world is really simple: just write.
But please allow me to elaborate — you have to be willing to suck. Even when every part of you wants to stop. Even when you start to hate every word you’ve written, you have to finish.
The perfectionist inside your head is your worst enemy. (Click to Tweet)
You do not really know until you finish something if a piece is good or not. But the inner critic acts as if you know how the puzzle looks before it is actually finished.
Ignore the inner critic and keep your head down. Put words on the page.
Don’t forget that 99.999% of all rough drafts absolutely suck. They do. Rewriting and editing is what makes your stories shine. But no editor can help you with a story that is not finished. Complete the rough draft. You will make it better.
Clarity only comes with hard work. You must put in the work. There is no substitute. This could mean spending 8 hours on a blog post that gets no traction. Spending a month on a short story that is mediocre.
Pull a page out of the pile and just finish the story. You’ve got this. Just keep writing. Whatever you do, keep writing.
Need more help? I can help you by offering you practical, useful ways to finish your work and grow as a writer.