Hi everyone, I imagine several of you can identify with my problem but I'm looking for helpful pointers. My biggest problem as a writer is a lack of self-confidence. I've been encouraged by others to write, but no amount of affirmation from professors/family/friends can dissipate my self-consciousness about my writing. I have a difficult time starting to write because this is what I've always dreamed of doing, so if I fail--well, I'm not quite ready to deal with that. But the other thing is that I'm so hypercritical of my own work. I have heard billions of times that you're not expected to write a Pulitzer Prize Winner on the first go. Writing requires a lot of time, energy and revision. But I'm not sure how to revise. I just look at something I've written and think, "This sucks." Does anyone have any advice for just the psychological aspect of writing? Or any useful exercises to keep you writing on a regular basis so that you really start to get a knack for it?