I'm new to this site, though not to StackExchange...I'm excited by the existence of a group like this for (in my case, aspiring) writers.
Here's my issue/question: I have had an interest in writing for years, but I don't know where to start or how to organize the process of "becoming a writer." I have plenty of time, but don't know what to do first.
This past week, I decided that I want to try to write thriller novels. I spent some time brainstorming my basic approach to how I'll do it, and am satisfied that I have some vague idea of how I want to write. The problem is, now I can think of a million reasons not to do it, and without a serious plan, I'm afraid I'll just end up doing what I've done in the past: nothing.
I've read parts of several books on writing, but none seem to address the question of what you do to actually get motivated and able to make progress as a writer. I know I should just dive in and start writing something, but every time I've done this before, the writing has been so bad that I get terrified of failure and stop writing altogether.
So, here are a series of related questions:
Do you have any advice for overcoming the fear of failure/being terrible?
Do you have any thoughts on how to craft a plan for becoming a writer and actually getting things done beyond brainstorming? (What should "step one" be?)
How do you read masters of the genre (I started reading John Le Carre today) that interests you in a way that doesn't lead to the reaction, "I'll never be this good, so why try?"
Thanks for any advice. If this question is in any way not right for the site, let me know and I'll try to amend it so that it is.