I personally keep a lot of notes and write substantial replies to friends or colleagues, but I shudder every time somebody mentions that I should publish them. I never feel that what I write is good enough, or it's up to par with other writers/journalists I look up to.
But I found this excerpt today from https://medium.com/the-1000-day-mfa/how-to-become-a-writer-9a951fff2c92
When I first decided that I was going to go all in on being a writer, I’d already wanted to be a writer for twenty years.
Am I willing to write this story, even though it might not sell? Am I willing to accept that what I’ll get from this experience is just that — experience?
You become a writer with habit and learning. Writing every day, learning, and applying what you learn to your work. You become a writer with patience. You become a writer with faith that the work is worth doing — even when you have no real proof.
And these lines resonated with me,
I have been waiting for myself to be ready for years too.
I wasn’t ready to accept the possible outcome where my writings may not worth anything at all. I fear the rejection. And despite the instinctive triggers to start typing away, the paragraphs end up as unorganized drafts in my backlog. So starting today I’m going to gather what meager courage I have and start sharing my write-ups here. Ultimately I want to feel comfortable with the process of putting my thoughts out there.