We've all had to deal with tough critics, and sometimes your toughest critic lives in your head.
Dear Story Nurse, I've been working hard the last year on putting my work out there: shopping a fully edited novel round to agents, pitching and submitting short fiction/game writing and putting some stuff up for free. While I've had a good response when I have a direct audience (i.e. with my alpha readers, free … Continue reading #128: Writing for Money, Writing for Joy
It's extremely common for writers to read or watch something and feel inspired to create an original story. You just had an intermediate step.
Try new things and keep track of how well they work. Don't worry about whether your process looks like any other writer's process.
Do sit with that feeling of not being ready, and gently question it: not ready for what?
Start with the story that's most often or most strongly on your mind, and stick with it until it's done.
Some inner critics need love and some need reassurance. Yours needs to be gently but firmly set aside. It exists only to harm you, and has no place in your life.
If you're still stuck in the conflict between wanting to write (for some reasons) and also not wanting to (for other reasons), think about what kind of reluctance you're experiencing.
Surely you can write one word, even if it's "The" or "If" or "A". And if you've written one word, surely you can write another.
Can you see ways to redefine "enough" and put it within your reach? Can you see ways to feel like enough right now?