Professor Bhaer's advice to Josephine March is particularly appropriate in such moments:
"Jo, there is more to you than this, if you only have the courage to write it."I think a lot of times we don't have the courage to write the thing that needs to be written. We let ourselves drift along with easy writing--scribbles, fun scenes, short stories--but we can't, or won't write anything else because we aren't brave enough.
I think it really does come down to that in the end, and we have one choice: Bare our swords, push our hair out of our faces, lift our chins, and thrash it out. Thrust and parry, swing blindly, but remain determined to be the victor. Courage men! Courage! It does not have to be an immaculate fencing match. It won't be immaculate at first. It might have more of the claymore than the rapier about it, but I stand firm in my opinion that eventually, if we only have the courage, we'll hit upon it. We mightn't recognize it at first, but we will...we will. Our feet will learn the dance of the duel, and our hands will tighten upon the hilt. We will no longer be babies, fighting with wooden swords, but soldiers trained in war. We will win, and we will disarm our opponent, Doubt. And when that moment comes, we will know what it means to be a writer who has written from the depths of her soul. The battle will fade in the glorious sensation of victory, and all those wounds will be forgotten in the balm of triumph.
"The day may come when men's courage fails. But it is not today!!!!"
~The Return of the King
I need that sort of courage for my the ideas presently swarming my mind...I don't know how to write any of it, but I have a feeling that someday, somehow, I'll become a mistress of my sword.