KellBrigan
Here I am again. I'm convinced everything I'm working on stinks. [frown] Excepts that it might not. And, even if it does, I really need to finish what I start a hell of a lot more often [nono], if for no other reason than to figure out whether the first pancake should have been set on medium instead of medium-high. 

Sigh.[rolleyes]

Any suggestions on how to generate motivation? [confused]
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thenovelfactory
Hi Kell,

I hear you.

I spent the first five years or so in confident bliss, unbothered by doubts or worries about my talents. If I wasn't good enough, then I wasn't done yet, was my motto. If you keep persevering and work hard, then eventually you will be good enough.

Then recently, the doubts set in.

Wondering if I was really any good, or whether I was fooling myself. Wondering whether this was all a gargantuan waste of time.

My partner said something which I found helpful with regards to trying to become an author:
"If you don't sometimes have doubts, then you probably haven't thought it through properly."
I found that very helpful, and it always makes me smile.

I also find it helpful to share my work with other writers in a critique group, because while they will always find areas for improvement, because that's the point, they also highlight good bits that help remind me that I do have good bits.

Sometimes I find it reassuring to go back and read old work that I'd forgotten about and find myself thinking: 'You know what? This isn't half bad."
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BeardedCurler

The honest truth is, at first what you write is crap. 

I read stuff I wrote 10 years ago and I can see how pathetic it was. 

You get better at something by doing it. By honing your craft. Some of what you write will be garbage. WRITE ANYWAY. Because the more your write the more what you write will be GOOD. Write something everyday. Practice your word craft. Expand your vocabulary. 

Never give up!

The best authors didn't sit down one day and write an amazing story. 
But if you don't give up on your writing, someday you will.

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Ghostly
Have a colleague, a surgeon - patient on the table, prep team in place, "I don't feel like operating today. I've got Surgeon's Block."
Knew a taxi driver, "I need to get to the airport." "Nah! I've got taxi driver block today."
Right! 
Professionals don't get 'Blocked'. They have a purpose, a destination, a sense of where they are going.
Writer's block - not me. I've got an outline. I've got a purpose, a destination, a sense of where I'm going.

Thinking like that actually does help.

Just ask, Can I really get Surgeon's Block? Can I really get Taxi Driver's Block? Can I really get Writer's Block?
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thenovelfactory
I actually agree with you in principle.

Writing requires inspiration, and if you're a writer, it's your job to be inspired at 9am every morning.

But I'm not sure I totally buy the comparisons to surgeons and taxi drivers. They will both follow a procedure that computers could potentially do.

I think writing - as well as any other artistic profession - requires an amount of creative thought that puts in in a slightly different category.

Then again, they've made robots that can write classical music (http://singularityhub.com/2012/05/30/robotic-quintet-composes-and-plays-its-own-music/) so perhaps AI will take over our fiction eventually too...
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