[Y]ou need to make it so that you are afraid of not finishing, afraid of not getting the writing done, and that you’ve protected yourself only if the writing is done. Don’t sit there imagining disapproval instead of imagining your novel. Find out. Write it, get people to read it, send it out. And don’t just send it out five times. Rejection is perhaps the only thing writers work with more than language. Get used to it. Eat it for lunch, or maybe with lunch is better (rejection is not lunch, it’s true) and walk on.
This is all pretty good.