- You feel that you’re going to fail. It’s ironic, but the more you need your writing to be amazing, the less amazing it will be. The emotional defence shutters go up, and the mind moves into an intellectual, reasoning mode.
This is perfect if you’re an accountant, but the worst possible state for a writer. The solution is to deliberately remove all expectations. Cease planning to ever publish, and let your imagination run free to produce whatever it likes – even if it’s not very good. Who cares? You’re writing just for yourself. No-one will ever see.
This is amazingly freeing. But, you must write, and keep writing, not meditate or "take time out".
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