Let's look at that. "What if it's no good?" Imagine yourself sitting at your keyboard or desk with your paper and writing the absolute worst drek the world has ever seen. So what? No one has to see it. No one besides you has to ever lay eyes upon it.
|Crap drawing of a trashcan for your crap writing|
Or words to that effect. The point is, as Lawrence Block points out in "Telling Lies for Fun & Profit", to "do it anyway". He makes reference to the plight of long-distance runners who hit a bad patch, where 'everything hurts and the whole process seems unendurable and the runner wants nothing so much as to drop out of the race." Books, he says, have bad patches too. "The important thing is to get through them, to get the words down however ill-chosen they may seem."
And you may find, once you've gotten started, that it's not so bad after all. That the words start to flow and, after perhaps a shaky start, they sort themselves out and things go along quite swimmingly. If they don't, well, there's always the shredder. But even if you decide to euthanise your work after you've written it, keep in mind: you've written. And there's no shame in that.