So, I was giving some advice to a friend who said she has a story idea that she's been thinking about but doesn't feel she's a good enough writer to put it to paper. The best advice I've read in the past year is give yourself permission to write badly. I've been following this advice, I told my friend, for the last several months, and it has really helped.
Then I told my friend the following: First drafts are NEVER masterpieces. They're a start, that's all. First drafts are opening the door, stepping outside and seeing where your feet take you.
And that sounded so brilliant, I thought I would share it with everyone. (Hahahahaha, and yes, I realize I sound like an arrogant sot.)