Sound advice, and well said.
Sometimes, we overthink things as writers.
It goes something like this: You run across a call for submissions in some local rag, and the deadline is just far enough out there that you know you have just enough time to put together a half-decent story.
You make the decision to go for it. Now all you need to do is come up with a good story and just write the damned thing.
Already, you have a few things working against you: the pressure of a deadline and the pressure of developing a complete story line that has a chance of pulling in a cash prize.
Then it comes: Gridlock and the negative self-speak: There isn’t enough time. That’s a stupid story idea. It’s already been done a thousand times already. You’ve never published there before; what makes you think this time is any different? You suck!
Weeks pass, as do…
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