The real issue I have with my stuff (and I'm sure this affects most people, but that doesn't make it any better) is that I'll think something's pretty damn good when I've written it, but then I'll look at it the next day and despair that it's suddenly become megashit.
This. Lots of this
Sometimes I'll be in the middle of writing a scene- full of enthusiasm, that stupid grin on my face. Then from out of nowhere. 'This is sh*t isn't it? It's cliche isn't it? God damn it, it's cliche" Cue tearing of paper or pressing delete.
I think a lot of it comes to confidence and a defense mechanism. A lot of writing is putting yourself out there for others to see and judge- and when your mind wanders to that notion when you're writing it can cause things to come grinding to a halt. I'm trying now to limit interaction with other people, seeking their opinions etc, when writing a first draft. I'll write in a vacuum. Once that's done I'll show it off. Then tweak accordingly. Never during.
I recently came across Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's 'Oblique Strategies' cards.
Oblique Strategies (subtitled over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas) is a set of published cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt first published in 1975, and now in its fifth edition. Each card contains a phrase or cryptic remark which can be used to break a deadlock or dilemma situation.
A lot of the time it's very Chinese cookie and a lot of what you get is guff. But once every so often there's a gem amongst the pack that can help break a problem or stumbling block.
Five random cards as an example:
"Would anybody want it?"
"Retrace your steps"
"State the problem in words as clearly as possible"
"Don't break the silence"
"Go outside. Shut the door"
As I said, hit and miss
Something else people might find handy:
John August (Big Fish, The Nines) does screencasts every so often on YouTube detailing writing tips etc. They're a good 5-10 minute watch/listen and contain good advice on the basics. The latest proves the old adage of starting a scene as late as possible