Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Dealing with second stage fears

  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 everyone! I hope you have all been battling with Mr. Self-Doubt, and winning, while I’ve been missing from Horror Tree action. There never seems to be enough hours in the day, especially since I have now started working on my novel.

My novel, this brings us to what I want to talk to you about today. While working on my novel, I’ve been dealing with fear. Now this isn’t fear of writing the novel, no, this is fear of the next stage: the editing and submitting stage. You put more of yourself into a novel: time and hope, so if a failure comes, unlike a short story, rejection may feel worse. Well, that’s what I fear.

You spend more time writing and editing a novel than you would a short story, so what if you commit all of that time and end up with a novel that never sees the light of day. You also allow yourself to feel hope. You hope that one day the book you’re working on will be in the hands of a reader. However, with hope comes doubt. You start to wonder if your idea was good enough to be novel length. You read your first draft and cringe at all of the mistakes you have made, or the parts that don’t make sense. You ask yourself, “Should I waste my time on this? Is all of this worth it?” Mr. Self-Doubt will say no and laugh at you, but if you have made the effort to write the novel in the first place then the only way you should move is forward.

So today, I will share some of my ideas on how you can keep up the motivation for when you are editing your novel and preparing to publish or submit.

  • Remember why you wrote the novel in the first place. You know that tingling excitement that you got at first when you came up with the idea or started to write the first words (mine started when I wrote Chapter One on the page). Yeah, remember that feeling. That felt good. Having a submission ready or publishable novel will feel better.
  • Have breaks in between drafts. Working on the same piece over and over again can be draining at times, so try leaving the novel aside for a few weeks and work on something else, and then come back to the novel. However, you don’t want to put your novel on hold for too long.
  • Remember that your first draft isn’t going to be perfect. There are going to be issues with it. This is why you need to do the second stage, so don’t be disheartened by your first draft. Instead, you should feel proud that you finished it in the first place. I have a post for you if you need help with beating the first draft blues. http://horrortree.com/setting-self-doubt-on-fire-first-draft-blues/
  • Don’t be tempted to hide behind the editing. I’ve done this with short stories, kept them on the editing pile because I was too scared to submit them. Even now, I find myself doing the same thing. So edit your work thoroughly, yes, but don’t keep on editing. Plan to do a certain amount of drafts and then let your beta reader(s) have a read and see what they think, and then if you need to, edit again.
  • Read and research. There’s lots of information out there which can help you with the editing and submitting process. You can find articles online. I find the ones by published authors useful because they often share the mistakes they have made. You can also buy books, which can help you with the publishing process and finding agents, etc.

You shouldn’t allow fear to stop you from following your dreams. Success happens to those who don’t give up and are willing to learn and improve, and you can’t do any of that if you allow self-doubt to hold you back. Editing a novel may cause you to scream at the computer, bang your head on the desk, and wonder why you are doing this, but no matter what, you need to keep fighting until you reach the end. Let’s fight, writers. Keep writing and keep the dream alive.

To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” – Sven Goran Eriksson

 

 

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