noheroposts asked: I recently found that I really like writing. I have ideas in my head just bumping around, but when it comes to putting them down, I freeze and suddenly find myself discouraged. Any advice on how to get over this?
What you are describing is very common, almost everyone has that at first. But until you start actually writing stuff, it’s like having a hot rod engine with no actual car.
I don’t judge people by how much they write, but they have to write something.
For most writers, writing isn’t a dawdle, it’s a very serious goddamn business and it has its rewards and its costs. You need to be aware of that, and one of the costs is overcoming inertia and fear.
You can be a bestselling author and you still have those things to deal with and conquer. In this, the famous and celebrated writer is no different than someone who writes fanfic strictly for their own pleasure. They both have to beat those two factors.
So what you do is minimize them. And the way to do that is habit, just as any artists does. A musician practices scales, an artist sketches apples, they do a small thing over and over, and they gain confidence and skill all the time.
The grand concerto and the oil painting masterpiece come at the end, after thousands of scales and sketches.
You want to be a writer, so do what they do. Play scales. Draw sketches.
Write short things. For yourself. Write a character sketch. Write a plot outline. Write a story in a paragraph. Write a review. Short things you can finish. It is the finishing that is key.
Each time, you get better. Each time, you learn how to play the scale and sketch the fruit and then each time, you have those in your tool bag and knowing there’s tools in your tool bag gives you confidence, I guarantee it. Odds are, some of your short things will grow in scale as you write them.
Play the scales.
Do the sketches.
The concerto will follow, honest.