In less than 15 minutes--Louisiana time--it will be my birthday. I don't mind birthdays at all. In fact, they can be fun if you let them. How old, you ask? No, I don't mind the question.
Now my yard looks a mess.....
But, you have to make a mess to create things sometimes. What's that saying: you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs? You can't build a new shed and deck without tearing up your yard. So, that's my birthday project: Demolition.
Nothing makes you feel better than hammering something!
I know my yard looks bad now, but the end product will be worth all the effort. I just need to keep at it.
The same is for writing. You start a story, or essay, or something else, and it's a mess. The first drafts always are. Then you start the demo part of it. Also known as the editing.
You have to get it down first, though, no matter how bad. After that, you start rebuilding. Don't be afraid to swing that hammer or tear up some things. In the end, you have a nice piece to share.
At least, that's my plan...