no no no, no giving up. I probably spent over a week reading tuts and learning the things necessary just to make the most basic test level. Your 2 day attempt will not suffice!
Think of how proud of yourself you would be when you finally got it. Of course you will get frustrated, thats how I can tell you really do want to start making levels. You ever get frustrated over something you really didn't care about?
If you are having trouble, just post it. Ask questions, describe the issue, take screenshots, copy outputs, don't be afraid to ask the smallest, most detailed, seemingly worthless question. These guys here in the never-community are great. As long as you keep trying, they will go well out of their way to help you with even the smallest issue. I love working with these dudes, wish I had a team like this at my regular daily job.
Nobody expects you to be a pro mapper right out of the gate. The entire process, from start to finish, is a learning experience.
Take a look at my course for example... The first 4 or 5 holes basically suck. lol. Simple as that. I was a beginner, and you can tell I just pulled prefabricated curves right out of daves sample pack, and built the rest of the level around them. Moving on to holes 6-10, I begin to realize hmmmm, I'm kinda getting into the whole mapping thing... I was becomming more comfortable using radiant, and it was time to learn to use the curve tool myself so that I could rely solely on my imagination for level ideas, and build them from scratch........ I'm sorta getting away from the point here I think.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you give up, then you have allowed your frustrations to get the better of you. Channel your frustrations, and re-focus them into the drive to figure it out. If you can accomplish this, mentally... your mapping "problems" will instantly turn into mapping challenges. Making neverputt levels will become 10x more fun for you than playing neverputt.
When was the last time I opened radiant and played around with some level ideas???
About 37 days ago.
When was the last time I actually played through a neverputt course??
.......... 2008..... maybe?.... lol