This post is June’s Insecure Writers Support Group post. A group created byAlex Cavanaugh. You can find sign up details by clicking on the link. Once a month we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for our fellow writers.
Today I want to discuss, or mostly ask, how do you overcome second book fears?
Following my great news of agent representation last week, my enthusiasm is, as you’d expect, soaring, but what I didn’t expect was that my actual writing would start stalling.
I discussed in the #1kaday post, that I had struggled a little with Novel two when attempting to plot it out before writing it, so had moved onto just getting on with it and typing. It was going well. I was steaming ahead. I was…
Now I know I’m officially signed up with an agent I feel a bit panic stricken. That blank page is terrifying me. I have to put words on there that are capable of being read. And not just read, but enjoyed. It feels like an immense pressure. So much so that I’ve decided that what I’ve written so far is drivel and I need to start again. There needs to be a completely different murder and plot, so, completely different characters. But, it needs to be done. I’m just not happy with it.
How do you cope with blank page fears and worries about what you’ve written so far?
If you’re signed up with an agent, and/or published, please tell me this feeling is temporary and I that will happily sit at my desk tapping away again very soon. I know I have to put my bum in the seat, which I will, what I’m talking about is the crushing fear you can’t do it.