Are you timid? Afraid of failure?
He threw me kisses that landed on my nose. I said, "Eww!" and pretended to wipe them off. Repeatedly. It made him giggle from the bottom of his belly... and every one else laugh, too.
Nicole is eight years old and quite an artist. Every one starts out a beginner. Her stick figure people have evolved into two dimensional illustrations; she sees depth; her perception has improved. It's just like with writing. We start with simple sentences and move on to complex constructions.
Nicholas is 14 and heading to high school in the fall. He excels at sports, and shh! keep it a secret; coach is going to put him on Lacrosse varsity team in freshman year. He's that good. He works at his sport. In the past year, I don't think there's ever been a time I haven't see him with that stick and ball.
Same with writing; you can't improve if you don't stretch your muscles and learn your craft.