This is so, so true. Have I read my stuff from “back in the day,” I cringe. I can only improve by writing more. I also think sharing my stuff with others (mostly writers) is important. My early drafts often go through a lot of changes before they are seen by the wider world.
You’re about ready to quit. Give up. Throw your work-in-progress in the virtual trash.
Why should you even bother writing a book, anyway? You’re no good at this. Every sentence you read back feels like you’re trying too hard. What’s the point?
Have you ever had these thoughts? I have. Impostor syndrome aside, I often struggle to determine whether or not what I’m working on is “good enough” to even be considered for publishing.
The good news is, this is normal. No, seriously. At some point, every writer worries their words don’t make any sense.
Need some encouragement? Here it is: You might totally suck at writing at the moment. Or not. But that’s OK, because at some point along the way, we all do.
We all start out not really sure how storytelling works, at least beyond what we’ve read in books or seen on TV. Our stories are…
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