Anxious about writing

Hey guys I’m currently working on a project however I seem to have run into something of a problem you see I’m worried about the quality of my writing and whether or not it’s good enough

one of my biggest fears is that because I’m not the best with grammar my story is going to suck
have any of you guys ever dealt with something like this? or am I just particularly crazy

sincerely indominus

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Hello Indominus, it’s good to hear about your current work. I think your dilemma is a more common occurrence than you think, and you’re certainly not alone in your worries. I’m currently authoring a work in progress, and I ran into a major problem regarding the fact that I used a lot of plural pronouns to replace singular ones, which was bad. It was everywhere. I spend a good long while going back through it to fix the issue, but I will say one thing: This is perhaps one of the best places to share your work if you’re anxious about it.

There are some authors here in which English is not even their primary language. The point of you sharing is so that you can gain feedback and grow as a writer. No one is perfect, especially starting, and peer-review is one of the best methods to really hone what you love to do.

The people here are very forthcoming and sincere in their feedback, and rarely no one will flat-out rip anything you share to shreds.

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This is something that most writers, even those that are published and experienced feel at one time or another. It is called the Impostor Syndrome – there might be a thread or two on this already.

The big takeaway from this is that the feelings you are experiencing are normal and that many of us (including myself) have felt the same way before.

The best way to get over this is to just write and leave it all out. I’m not saying this is easy to do, just the best thing to do.

There are programs and services available to help you overcome bad grammar. Once you get your story written, as a first step, you can decide what to do from there with regard to the grammar.

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every time I try to write something, be it terror, romance, science fiction, I end up deeply disappointed in myself as if I had committed the worst crime against humanity and against myself

help

I think the best thing to quote is, “You’re your own worst critic.”

I believe almost every author has a time in which they look at what they write and rip it to pieces. It could be a want for perfection, or a consideration that your own skills aren’t good enough. The best thing I can say to you is that you’re human. Writing is ever-developing, and quality is perceptive to the individual.

I would say write something that you enjoy, and share it. See what others think of your work, and improve it based on an outside critique. Enjoy what you write. You won’t get very far in your writing if the only thing giving you feedback is yourself. You know what you want to write, so you know the holes in your writing, but that doesn’t mean you know how to fix them. Other people are a good way to find those fixes, as well as learn more regarding your writing.

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I really appreciate your advice

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Someone told me once that you should just ‘write crap, then polish it.’ That helps me a lot. Whenever I encounter bad writer’s block or self-loathing of my writing, I tell myself “I’ll just write something bad for now and fix it later.” But so many times, the ‘something bad’ turns out to be just fine when I read over it the next day. It helps a lot to big chunks: write a lot of ‘bad stuff’ and then read over it once a week or when the chapter’s done.

The other good thing about writing is that it’s one of those skills that only gets better with practice. Almost all authors improve as they get older, so it’s not like math where people feel like "I’m a failure if I haven’t figured it out at 30’. No, the more practice they get the better:

So I would recommend that you just keep writing, and that you read your writing and change anything that looks bad, and that you take editor’s and beta tester’s advice seriously. If you do those things, then even writing crap will eventually let you write gold. (I hope!)

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If you’re worried about being ripped to shreds, don’t be. The CoG audience and forumgoers are all very kind and constructive, and we’re quick to shut down anyone who tries to tear other people down. People here only want to help and they’d be glad to assist you with grammar!

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first off I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and advice you guys are the reason why this community is so great

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You know, I don’t know how other people work for writing, though I’ll just say what works for me.

Three things. First, spellcheck is everyone’s best friend(I need to visit him more often as well.)

Second, is what a highschool teacher one told me when I was having trouble. Write the parts you want to first and then fill in the gaps of how it got there after. There’s a few reasons to this. One, motivation is an important factor. Two, if you have a part you want to write that means you already have an idea of what you want to do.

Then the third thing which is ironically, harder to put into words. I’m not exactly a wise mountain sage when it comes to the ways of the pen and keyboard. That being said, I’d say I’m drastically better at writing than when I was a teenager. Confidence comes with time and practice. Which comes with it’s own risk of people assuming they have nowhere they need to improve on, which has never been true for anybody.

Think of it like this: “Learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain.” Aristotle

So, if even a genius like Aristotle calls learning a painful process that isn’t easy, what does that say about most of us? That improvement doesn’t come easy. Which ties into another thing thing he said. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” So, if learning is tough and the road to happiness is one we have to do ourselves? That definitely means most of us have our work cut out for us, and at the same time, the self satisfaction that comes with it , is truly something that’s our own accomplishment. Challenging? Yes. Worth doing? Also yes.

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So my anxiety about writing is worst when talking about it, or sharing it; I described the feeling recently as trying to talk while your own voice is screaming in your own head that your stuff is dumb.

Weirdly or not, I actually have found the imposter syndrome get worse as I’ve become a better writer, which sure is frustrating! But none of us are alone in feeling uncomfortable and worried - writing is such a huge, emotionally vulnerable activity, it’s hard to avoid feeling some conflict there!

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Honestly, if the biggest worry you have when it comes to writing is about your grammar or spelling, the best thing I could suggest would be to simply ask someone you trust to be kind but honest to go through your work and check it for you.

Mistakes in grammar happen to even the best of writers and there is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling the need for someone to proofread for you.

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