I don't know about anyone else, but this is my biggest problem when I write. It's just bad. It's a first draft, of course, so that's kind of hard to get away from. But beyond that, the more I write on it, the more lost I feel. It's like I'm living it word to word, and as I go I can't grasp the story as it is unfolding. It feels like I'm looking in every direction at once, instead of looking at my story moving forward. It's not so much of a problem for me when I do short stories, but as soon as I begin working on my current long-running project, it kicks in full force, and I just feel overwhelmed, and am soon crushed. That's a kind of odd description, I know. But does anyone know what I mean? Who else has trouble dealing with feelings like that while writing? A feeling of total, flailing blindness? In my experience, the only way that I can get around it is to either be drunk (or on the way), or to close my eyes while I write and just write, so I can't read what's going on the page. Edit: In considering this after posting, I realized that one of my major problems is that I've read so many books about writing, read about so many pitfalls and mistakes and stylistic no-nos, that I am terrified of making those mistakes myself, and so I am constantly anxious while I write. And I'm sure that I'm still making all the beginner mistakes anyway. I think my biggest fear is that my writing is bad, and will not get better. It's hard for me to write because writing makes me stressed and anxious. Anyone know where I'm coming from? Advice, techniques, flames or other?