I’m still very much a fiction newby, so I don’t have any astonishing, original messages for upcoming writers. Here’s what I can share, however:
You know all those sayings about how nothing worth having is easy? They’re 99% true. Writing is a craft. Crafts take time, as well as lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of painstaking practice. Don’t stop trying.
Break it down.
If you’re stressing about whatever you’re writing, focus on the task immediately in front of you. Otherwise it’s easy to obsess about how you’re NEVER going to make it all work. One. Step. At. A. Time.
Write it out.
If you feel like you can’t write, write about why not. Getting any words flowing is practice, and often writing about the problem—your own or the one in your project—helps you find a solution.
And when you do, pay attention to what that author is doing, and how. Try to guess where she or he is headed. It can give you insights into making things work in your own writing.
Check out my blog and suggested warmup exercises on Writing About Writing.