Hello to you all! I just signed up and am looking forward to engaging with you ladies.
I might have some insight for you here.
I think it might be helpful for you to narrow your focus a bit. What do you feel is holding you back the most? What are you struggling with? For me, it has been problems with story structure and plot. What I did when I realized this was to read several books on the topic that really resonated with me (books on screenwriting were very helpful, as was Larry Brook’s “Story Engineering”.) Then, I read several novels, and analyzed each one using what I had learned. I did my analysis in writing, as though it were an assignment. Wow! What a huge help learning this way has been. I understand so much more now. I’ve begun practicing with my own work now that I have a deeper grasp of the issues at hand.
You can do this with any aspect of writing once you narrow it down. Learn a little, then analyze other people’s work – what did they do? Why did it work? Why didn’t it?
To Pamela: when you’ve lost faith in yourself, ask Why? Then set out to resolve that problem. You can overcome anything, I believe.
Hope this advice is at least a little helpful!