I recently realized one of my biggest flaws as a writer, and I'm wondering if any one else has had a similar revelation!
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That's common, probably as much at our level as 'up there' amongst the 'gods' such as Tennessee Williams, Mark Twain, C S Forrester. Once these writers cornered a niche for their writing they had to maintain standards. Tough stuff! Can you do that?
Time is always the bugbear, whoever you are. I never get going before about 20:30 (GMT) as I've had things to do in the daytime. Business hours (shop times) are roughly what I keep for tasks I can't do in the evening. Then I get busy, after dinner.
Thing is, you KNOW you have to do it - whenever you get the chance. That's half the battle, fore-arming yourself with a plan or plot. Keep a pad handy and jot down your ideas as you think of them, then you've got a 'skeleton' to work on.
Was your fear of being put down by your peers? They have been intimidated by the 'greats', not confident in their own skills and looked for perfection? We have to start somewhere. Ernest Hemingway wasn't born with his hands on a typewriter keyboard.
I think that was it. But it was also letting people into my head - I write in a way that I don't usually speak in, so it's letting people see what and the way I think...that was what was the most of the fear.
Start precis writing other people's work (like Reader's Digest). That might keep you on track. Give yourself a word limit. Set targets and reward yourself with a 'flash' of wit that might be appreciated where it appears - a 'counterpoint', maybe?