As a writer, you can't allow fear to hold you back. It is amazing to me how many people have manuscripts buried in closets or drawers. They were excited about them once and dreamed of publishing them, but the dream died because they didn't have the nerve to send the manuscript out. Maybe they were afraid to let anyone see their stuff, or they got a few rejections, or it wasn't quite up to par. Self publishing is no longer vanity publishing and it is more and more often considered legit. I edit or ghostwrite your content for publication and I've been doing it for a number of years. My site is [link]. Take the plunge!
For the longest time when I started out, it was some of #1 and mostly #2; I was afraid of being seen and being embarrassed by it. Probably because I had myself in it (I still do...Only changed the character to just be based on me) and it was horrible writing. Really horrible. And corny.
But then I got over both when I started high-school.
Agreed. It's pretty damn awful when you can't see the faults in your own writing, because you can sprout bellyfuls of nonsense and you wouldn't spot it. That said, in my humble experience, the reason I see holding back most writers from cranking out words is disappointment in what does come out.
I mean my answer to that is the 'duh why don't you just produce what you DO want to see,' but I know perfectly well it's not that easy. I mean, theoretically I know it. At the time I write stuff, I like what I've written. A week later, eew.
... That rarely happens with me nowadays. Normally I know, when I'm writing it, that it's not good, and I can even point out its weaknesses. And I like that about it, because that means that I can edit it into something good.