I understand. I really do. I think most writers here know that pain as well. It’s hard to be a writer. It’s hard to write. It’s that voice in the back of your head going: “You’re not good enough”, or that other one going: “You’re too inexperienced, you’ll miss something important. Wait for the perfect moment.”
But listen to this:
You cannot wait.
Really, you just cannot wait. I imagine most of you wish to be writers one day. That’s wrong. If you write, you are a writer now. Most people say that they want to begin, but blame their confidence. Other somehow imagine they’ll read themselves buff before starting, or that they’re waiting for that perfect moment.
Others wait for inspiration.
And it’s crucially important that you never fall into this hole. That you never ever say that you wish to become a writer, instead of starting right now. That you never wait for this inspiration, or that perfect moment, or some muse that’ll inspire you.
Inspiration is the deadliest thing. It’ll kill you. It’s horrible, because there are two sneaky ways of writing. Everyday-writing, and inspirational-writing. Think of it like two progress bars: first one is empty, you’ve got nothing in it. Second one though, is half full.
When inspiration hits you, you’ll write like a god. It’ll be the best thing you’ve ever done. You’ll want to show your friends. You’ll become the next Hemingway or Salinger. You’ll fall into the trap. You’ll wait for that moment to come again, to carry you. It won’t.
Then you have the everyday-writing. It’ll be dull, difficult, horrible sometimes. But this is the real you. This is how good you are at writing. This is your progress bar, and guess what? It’s empty. When asked how good you are, this is what you have to show.
But see, your goal should be to make your everyday-writing as good (or better eventually) as your inspirational-writing. That’s why everybody is telling you to start writing everyday. That’s why you’ll never be a published author unless you do so.”