I always like making new writing and blogging friends. In a recent conversation with a new acquaintance, he asked me if you ever get over the “debilitating self-doubt” that comes with writing.
I knew that was the answer, but I discovered just how true that was as I prepared to launch my latest book.
Although I’m an indie author, most of my writing happens on the freelance scene. I have consistent work creating blogs and ghostwriting, and this means that I usually spend a lot more time doing the projects that make me a little cash than the ones that are simply for my own creative pleasure. I do have quite a few stories waiting to be written, though, so I took the day off from my “regular” work to get my book finished up and ready for release.
By the time I release a book on the world, I’m absolutely sick of it. I have read this current book so many times that I just can’t stand it any more, and that’s how I know I’m done. There is nothing more that I can do to change it or make it better. It is as complete as a book can be.
Even though I knew the book was done, that knowledge didn’t stop a shocking amount of fear and anxiety from creeping up on me as I created a Facebook event and sketched out my marketing ideas. I thought at first that I was just frustrated; it’s difficult to know what the “right” thing is to do when it comes to promoting your work. I had a couple of close friends that attempted to help me, but they just couldn’t. I was an absolute mess.
Eventually, I calmed down and got over it. I got past the mental block that my anxiety had caused and was able to think creatively again. I’m good now.
But I want everyone out there who doubts their skill as a writer to understand that you aren’t alone. Writing is a job that not only takes a lot of hard work but also a lot of bravery. It’s impossible to write without putting a little bit of yourself into that book, and you’re opening it up for everyone to see it.
It’s tough, but you can do it.
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