Do you have any advice for when you realize that your story is complete and utter crap and the characters are stupid and the plot is full of holes that you can't fix without changing the whole thing and you don't know how to describe anything without sounding either overly simplistic or knock-off Shakespearean and everything is a mess and no one's ever gonna like it?
Woa there my friend, take it easy on yourself.
First off, chill. Take deep breaths, inhale, hold, exhale. Repeat three more times. There. Now get ready for the answer you probably don’t want to read.
The only person who, right now, gives a fuck about the story is you. No one else does, no one is waiting for that book to be in bookshelves, or to be shipped to their homes, there’s no one waiting for their book to be signed by you. There’s no one standing between the story and the rest of the world, except you. You are the only one who’s depriving yourself from writing. The only one who thinks and believes your story is complete and utter crap. You are the only one judging it, no one else is.
Have an honest conversation with yourself, do you really want to feel this bad about your story every single time you sit to write it? Do you really want to burn your neurons trying it to fix it?
People will come up with different advices: take a walk, go to the beach, go to the forest, connect with yourself, watch a movie, listen to your favorite music, play a video game, write your thoughts, write short stories, do character charts, set yourself on fire (please don’t do this), plan the story, read different writing blogs, eat ice cream, go to the moon, count the grains of sand, pet your dog, carry a notebook wherever you go, talk only using lines from the godfather, and so on. But the only thing you need to do is being honest, with yourself and with your story.
Writing is a slow process, you go from A to B by using the longest and tiring, but useful road. Seriously, you don’t get better by writing only 500 words, you get better by writing 500 words every day (or less, is different for everyone).You get better because even when you know you suck, you keep trying, if you don’t like something don’t scratch the surface, aim to its core and change it from there.
Find your own style without criticizing it first. Write, let it rest, edit. Don’t mix the steps. If you need a whole notebook to organize the story then use a whole fucking notebook. Don’t force yourself to do things you don’t want to do, specially when it comes to writing.
Yes, you’ll suck, we all do. You’ll face criticism, we all do. You won’t like what you write, welcome aboard. You are not the only one with these thoughts, some people overcome them, some others give up, but whatever you choose, let it be an honest decision to yourself, no one has the right to judge you for staying or leaving.
So, my advice: Don’t over stress for something you have complete and utter control over. This is your story, choose if you want to write it or not, if you choose to write it, know it’ll be a constant struggle, if you choose not to write it, it’s okay, there’s always something else waiting to be done and it can be the right thing for you. And if you choose to write don’t lose yourself into it.