My son, who has enjoyed writing and storytelling for many years, somehow also feels paralyzed by his own high standards. That’s when he claims he can never write as well as Dickens does.
I saw that I couldn’t fight his perfectionism, although I wanted to argue with him about it. Instead, I gave him a writing assignment.
Trying to keep it reasonable, I required practice writing two times per week. When he said he didn’t have time, I offered to relieve him of two minor household chores of 20-30 minutes each. While I perform this work, he does his practice writing.