Young Playwright: “I just feel like everything I write is crap.”
Old Playwright: “It probably is. You’re still too young to write great dialogue.”
YP: “So, what am I supposed to do?”
OP: “Keep writing.”
YP: “But you just agreed that it’s probably crap.”
OP: “Yes, but it is out of the manure that the flowers grow.”
You have to make mistakes in order to grow.
Fall down. Get up.
Take a breath.
Take a step.
Keep at it.
If you let your failures kill your process, you’ll never get past them and you’ll never learn from them. You’ll also never get to see that, even if something you’ve made is bad overall, you probably also did a few things right, too.
(This is a short excerpt from my book Title Pending. I’m currently writing a followup book. Add yourself to my email list to find out more).