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I began writing a short, 1500 word story last week which I am planning on submitting to a competition. When I started out with the story I was quite keen on what I'd planned, and the first half of the story flowed quite easily.
I had a break before writing the second part though, and since picking it up again doubts have tried to creep into my mind about whether it's actually any good.
I have had this before in the past, and it's largely responsible for my long list of unfinished stories. The idea seems great when I get started but after a while I begin to doubt it's suitability or quality.
I'm pushing on through with this story, and I plan to submit it just to see what happens. If it's interesting enough for the competition judges then that's great, and if not I'll leave it for a while and then go back to it to see where improvements are needed. It's a good feeling to know that I'm breaking down another one of those barriers that have been holding me back in my writing.
Does this ever happen to you? How do you get over it?