Here's a good checklist that can help any writer think just a bit more clearly about the job of writing. It's from the Word Count blog: Nine Ideas Writers Need to Give Up:
Here they are (with my comments added):
- Give up the sentiment that writing depends on talent. (Talent is nice. Hard work gets the job done.)
- Give up on the whim of inspiration. (Be a professional and bring you're a-game to work every day, even when you aren't inspired.)
- Give up the opinion that you don't need an editor.
- Give up the idea that spending more time at your desk is always effective. (A lot of your best writing happens when you aren't writing.)
- Give up the hope that you'll ever find writing "easy."
- Give up the belief that anyone writes a perfect first draft. (The best writers are the ones who are willing to work harder.)
- Give up the thought that simple, straightforward writing appears "uneducated." (Or that people will not respect you if you aren't formal enough.)
- Give up the notion that all writers are good at spelling and grammar. (Some are good at it, and some aren't; there's no correlation between those skills and the ability to write with power.)
- Give up the desire to feel you've ever "arrived." (Anyone at any level of experience can screw up!)