Advice for discouraged writers
Yeah, you need advice and so do I. Writing, or any occupation in the arts, is a tough job. Writers toil away, alone, arranging words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, paragraphs into chapters, and chapters into a coherent book. Or so you hope.
Hang on to point #2. It is worth it—writing is a journey of discovery for the author. It helps to organize your thoughts around a theme. Writing gives you an opportunity to conquer fears and overcome past disappointments. Writing helps you to know yourself better, IMHO.
There are some universal truths about writing:
Writing can be one of the most frustrating activities you'll ever attempt.
Writing helps you to distill your values and beliefs.
Editing is challenging. Truly.
Procrastinating instead writing can become an art form for writers.
Writing "the end" is amazing.
Writing is totally worth it.
It's okay to be frustrated. It's okay to want to write better. You know what? It's the successful authors who work through their frustration and become better writers. You can do it!
I saw this graphic on social media, and it made me consider my writing style. The characters are pantsers (those who write by the seat of their pants), plotters (those who outline and stick to their plan), and plantsers (writers somewhere between a pantser and a plotter). I'm somewhere between a Neutral Pantser and a Lawful Plantser.
Write on, and hang in there, writer friends. Finish what you started. It will make you a better person.