Some Girls Like It Rough
If you ever feel paralyzed by the idea that what you put on a blank page has to be good, then you need to give yourself the freedom to write truly shitty rough drafts.
I can hardly write on airplanes, or if someone is in the same room as me, because I can't stand the thought of anyone reading over my shoulder and seeing how bad my first draft is. I go into an utter panic if someone tries to take a look at my in-progress manuscripts. In a word, they suck.
And yet, somewhere between the rough draft and the final version, some stuff happens that usually makes the story readable--decent enough that I don't feel like dying of embarrassment that thousands of people will read my books.
We all know what that stuff is. It's called "the revision process," and it is without a doubt where most of the action is, much as I hate it. I love the time when I'm free to just write any old crap and move on. I'm a rough draft kind of girl..
If you can find some real joy in writing your first draft, you'll be more likely to put some magic on the page that you'll be able to really do something with during revisions. So go buck wild. Learn to like it rough.
What's your favorite part of the creative process? (Mine, aside from the rough draft stage, is when I write The End.)