Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Dealing with Fear

  1. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s begin the Fight
  2. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Rejection – The Ugly Word
  3. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Learning to Juggle
  4. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: To Dump or not to Dump
  5. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Keep the Faith
  6. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Finding Your Identity
  7. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Just for the love of it
  8. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 5 Step plan for success
  9. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Planning Issue
  10. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Crossroads
  11. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Overwhelming Effect
  12. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Waiting Game
  13. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Reflection 2013
  14. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: New Year New Challenges
  15. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Am I a real Writer?
  16. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Taking The Next Step
  17. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Submission Phobia
  18. Setting Self Doubt On Fire: How To Get Ideas
  19. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Dealing with Fear
  20. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Only Guarantee
  21. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Doubts of others
  22. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let those positives shine
  23. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: First Draft Blues
  24. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Time-wasting issue
  25. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Embrace the bad ideas
  26. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writer or Author?
  27. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Negative Feedback; the double slap
  28. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Pat yourself on the back
  29. Setting Self Doubt On Fire: The Deflated Eureka Moment
  30. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The doomed quest for perfection
  31. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writing Group fears
  32. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Horror Tree Crew tackle Mr Self Doubt
  33. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Read aloud challenge
  34. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Find your inner belief
  35. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: NaNoWriMo and Self-Doubt
  36. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: We are NaNoWriMo winners
  37. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: New Year’s Resolutions for Writers
  38. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The benefits of organizing
  39. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Editing Strain
  40. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Writing Group Experience
  41. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Dealing with second stage fears
  42. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Reading aloud to an audience
  43. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Importance of perseverance
  44. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Self-Doubt or Gut Feeling
  45. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Get ready for NaNoEdMo
  46. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Benefits of Writing Goals
  47. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Rejection Gets Better
  48. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writers, take care of yourself!
  49. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How to Boost Your Self-Confidence
  50. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Why You Should Go to a Writing Festival
  51. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Help! A Publisher has Dropped Me
  52. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Setting Self Doubt on Fire Challenge
  53. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How to Prepare for a Book Reading Event
  54. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: It’s NaNoWriMo and NaNoEdMo Time
  55. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Help! I Didn’t Reach My NaNo Goal
  56. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s Beat Self-Doubt in 2017
  57. WIHM: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Female Horror Writer and Proud
  58. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Don’t Let Self-Doubt Make You Miss Deadlines
  59. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Hey! Where’s My Book Reading Audience
  60. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 5 Tips on How to Ignore the Negative Voices
  61. Video Refresh: Rejection – The Ugly Word
  62. Video Refresh: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Learning to Juggle
  63. Video Refresh: To Dump or not to Dump
  64. Video Refresh: Keep The Faith
  65. Video Refresh: Finding Your Identity
  66. Video Refresh: 5 Step plan for success
  67. Video Refresh: The Planning Issue
  68. Video Refresh: The Crossroads
  69. Video Refresh: The Overwhelming Effect
  70. Video Refresh: The Waiting Game
  71. Video Refresh: Am I A Real Writer?
  72. Video Refresh: Taking The Next Step
  73. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway in 2019
  74. Video Refresh: Submission Phobia
  75. Video Refresh: Dealing With Fear
  76. WIHM: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Female Horror Author Reading Challenge
  77. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writer or Author? Video Refresh
  78. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Beat the Fear of Self-Publishing
  79. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Do NaNoWriMo Differently This Year
  80. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How Can Online Groups Help Writers?
  81. Setting Self-Doubt on Fire – AuthorTube – Learn How to Describe Emotion
  82. Setting Self-Doubt on Fire: How to Set Realistic Goals for NaNoWriMo

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Hi all, I’m back. I’m sure some of you have noticed my absence last week, well I’ve finally taken the plunge, and decided to stop talking about it and start writing that novel. I’m now 16,500 words into my novel, and with my fingers and toes crossed I’m hoping to cross over the 20,000 word threshold by Sunday. For all those who have previously read my posts, you will know that I was planning to death. However, I had taken control and given myself a deadline, I never did finish my planning, I’m doing it as I’m writing, and the strangest thing is, it works, I’m even adding scenes that I had never planned, and even changed ones that I had. I’ve allowed my characters to lead me, and I have to say not knowing exactly how things might work out allows me to create suspense for myself, as I write. I can’t wait to write The End, and hold my finished manuscript in my hand, even though that wouldn’t be the end, no it’ll be the beginning.

 

 

 

Even though I’m enjoying writing my novel, there’s something that is stopping me from totally losing myself in the experience, and that my friends is fear. I’ve felt self-doubt, and felt the B slap of rejection, but this fear is new to me. It wasn’t until I wrote Chapter One on the page that this fear began to grow. So today, I thought I might share some of these fears with you, and hopefully realise that they aren’t as scary as I/we think.

 

 

 

  1. What if I can’t complete the novel? This is down to you, as long as you are prepared to put the work in, you will complete the novel. Also you’ll be surprised how the word count grows even from the smallest of ideas.
  2. How am I going to deal with the rejection for this when I’ve put in so much time and effort? You just have to deal with it like you do for the short stories. Remember the reasons for rejection aren’t always about the novel being rubbish. Also the feeling of an acceptance outweighs the rejection. If that don’t work, you might want to treat yourself, just not too much.
  3. What if this becomes a discarded novel, never allowed to see the light of day? Your first novel won’t necessarily be your first published, that’s even happened to Stephen King. So while that novel might be stuffed away in your drawer, you must remember everything can be improved, even after ten years of neglect you can pull that novel back out, and get it back out there.
  4. What if I’m a one hit wonder? It might happen, even though I don’t think I know of any author this has happened to, yet I fear it lol. However, as long as you are prepared to grow and develop, your next book should be better than your first, so hopefully we won’t have that one hit wonder issue.
  5. How can I juggle a growing writing career with my responsibilities? It’s tough, I’ve read that some published novelists still have to keep the day job. However, if this is your dream, you’ll be amazed how well you can juggle, I can’t lie it won’t be easy.
  6. There’s so much to learn about publishing. That’s why we have the internet lol.
  7. Will anyone buy my book? If you have impressed an agent, and then a publisher the odds are somebody will buy your book. How much one cannot be sure.
  8. What if I’m just meant to write short stories? You’ll never know until you give the novel a go.

 

 

 

As you can see many of these questions are due to Mr Self Doubt, but there’s other things that are just not in your control. The only thing you can do is write the best book you can, and get it out there. You can always do better every story can be improved. One mustn’t let fear block them from their goal, and a lot of the time you don’t really have anything to fear.

 

 

 

So folks, I’m off again, going to push fear aside, and get that novel written. Keep writing and keep the dream alive.

 

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Nicole Simms

Nicole J. Simms is a UK horror, crime and fantasy writer. However, she is open to writing in other genres. Her stories have been published in anthologies, in magazines and on websites. In 2016, she won the Nine Voices’ 50-Word Halloween Competition with her story ‘Meeting the Parents’. And, her self-published e-book The Book of Drabbles is now available to download for free. She is also the deputy leader of the Oldbury Writing Group, a West Midlands based writing group. They have published a WW2 anthology together titled From Sunrise to Sunset, and they are now working on their second anthology. Stephen King, Sharon Bolton, J. K. Rowling, R. L. Stine and Kelley Armstrong are some of her favourite authors. And, when she’s not writing, she loves to bake, paint, knit and go on nature walks. Find out more at: Website - http://nicole-j-simms.co.uk Facebook link - https://www.facebook.com/NicoleJSimmsWriter Twitter link - https://twitter.com/NicoleJSimms1 Goodreads link - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19383148.Nicole_J_Simms

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2 Responses

  1. Eva Wind says:

    Great Job keep going!

  1. December 8, 2020

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