I answered this question yesterday, and have been asked to make it rebloggable. SO HERE IT IS:
I write a lot, I’ve been told by a lot of people that i’m good, some say i’m even good enough to get published. My only problem is that i reach about half way into the book, or long story and i start thinking to myself, Why am i doing this? Will it be good enough for people to read? then i delete the file or throw away the pages i was working on so i never actually finish it. Is this something all writers must face? and do you have any advice on how to push past it?
It happens to me. It happens to pretty much everyone I know. Any writers who DO NOT go through this…they keep quiet about it.
Many people labor under the illusion that, for some reason, all your writing should be awesome right away or you should give up. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The trick to finishing a book? Is finishing it.
The trick to getting through the middle? Is working through to the end.
The trick to pushing past that point? Is to abandon ALL FEAR of being bad. Wrap your arms around the idea of being bad.
MOST THINGS are bad when you are first learning or doing them.
DARE TO SUCK at it. The world will not explode if your draft is bad. Or even if the book is bad when it’s totally rewritten and done. You need to be really bad for a long time, so GET COMFORTABLE WITH IT. Seriously. Not a word of a joke or a lie.
Think about it. If you were, say, playing the violin, would you expect to pick it up and INSTANTLY BE GREAT AT IT? No. You will suck at it until you learn how to do it, and you learn how to do it by sucking at it for a long time and practicing. The same with sports, and dancing, and other instruments, and really many, many things in life.
Many people who are FAMOUS FOR WRITING write terrible things EVERY DAY. They do not worry. Writing a thing badly is often a critical step on the path to writing it well.
If you give up, it does not get finished.
So do not give up. Keep going, even through fear and the annoyance and the boredom and the blocks and the crisis of talent and all of those things. They are ghosts in the mist. Just walk right through them. It sounds both hard and simple, I know, but that is the way.
Hayley Atwell (via fyeahlilbit2point0)
A chorus of angels just began singing….
I gotta just stop for a second and read this again and have a big dopey grin on my face because, goddamn, Marvel, you are doing it RIGHT. Ten years ago, no studio would have done SHIT for Peggy Carter post-movie, but Marvel’s going, “What’s that? You liked her lots and thought she was interesting? Here, HAVE A TINY MOVIE.”
Plus, you seem to be continuing making efforts to diversify your casting by bringing in characters like Sam, and bringing back Heimdall and Rhodey (in the biggest role he’s had in an Iron Man film with 3), and you’re courting Zoe Saldana for Guardians and continue to take original character back stories that have a bit of a sexist tinge to them now (a bunch of your females were models or actresses or nurses, and Betty Ross was just the general’s daughter) and making them scientists (Sue, Betty, Jane, and Jean Gray) while still keeping some characters with their original back stories (Mary Jane is still an actress) because you seem to get that women can have ALL KINDS OF CAREERS.
You not only handed Pepper Potts Stark Enterprises, but you never, ever played the “the business is failing and Pepper is blamed” card. In fact, you have always played, “Pepper is fucking awesome at business and life card.”
You also cast Sitwell with a Latino actor without making some big thing of it (same as you cast Hemidall), and you went with Ult!Fury and Samuel L. Jackson and every time you’ve put a woman in a dangerous situation, she’s gotten to save herself in one way or another (and sometimes just straight up completely).
You all don’t always bat 1000, but you seem to be aiming for it like crazy, and I really appreciate the hell out of that.