Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
Starting can be a tough gig.
Writers start new things all the time. If they stick with their start, they end up with a story. That’s a happy ending – with a happy ending. See what I did there?
If they bail, they end up with a sad, unfinished, possibly terrible first effort. But that’s not to say they can’t yank that ugly, old thing out of the depths of the computer hard drive, Dropbox, cloud, or OneDrive and use it as a starter on a new day or a new month or a new year sometime. Old ideas are not always bad ideas.
When I am doing something new I sometimes have a few (or 90) false starts or terrible efforts.
My first efforts at getting my picture taken with Santa were confusing. Mom said, “Look at me.” and “Do you want chicken?” and “Wanna go in the car?” and “Ugh. Why do I do this to myself”
I looked this way.
And that way.
And this way again.
Santa didn’t give up, though. He held me in the squeeze-grip till I looked where Mom and the photographer wanted me to look and I was publisher-ready.
I am proof positive that sticking with a rough first effort can pay off. You need to start somewhere.