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Sometimes you might feel as if your writing is terrible! Don't worry, it happens to everyone!
In this video, I explain what to do when you feel this way. [Also, check out The Successful Author Mindset]
If you want to read instead, I cover the following in the video:
If you think your writing is bad, you're probably right and that's ok! No one writes great stuff the first time, it takes a lot of editing and rewriting. So here are some tips.
- Write anyway, just get it on the page and ignore that little critical voice. I use the example of writing dialogue where he said/she said and there's no action. Just get the words out, then later you can add in movement and action so the dialogue adds to the scene.
- Some very cool ideas come when you just let it all out, so don't censor that first round of writing. Also be kind to yourself and accepting of where you are in the process. You have to start with more than a blank page.
- “Writing is rewriting” – Michael Crichton. You have a lot of editing to do later, so don't worry about that first draft. Just write!