I had a total freak out moment yesterday! I all of a sudden got very terrified – not just about publishing my book, which is scary enough on its own – but about being a writer at all. I’ve heard about writers feeling like frauds, and for the first time, I really felt that!
My mom talked me down from the emotional ledge, thankfully. She reminded me of the big picture: of the fact that I am a good writer and am always trying to be better, and that it’s ok to not be an overnight success. “They say it takes three books,” she reminded me, “before you really get noticed.”
I sighed in relief – this is only my second novel, and already, I know it will do better than my first. This is a process! I’m taking actionable steps, and I know success is down the road – I just need to be patient about getting there.
“Wish I could turn back time
To the good old days
When the mama sang
Us to sleep, but now we’re stressed out!”
I just want to assure you that we all go through it, and you’re going to get through this! Don’t be afraid. Keep writing, listen to your audience, edit, publish, and trust the work you’ve done.
Have you been there? How did you get past the overwhelming terror?
If you want to find out what I’m freaking out about, you can read the first chapter of my newest novel, and let me know what you think. If you enjoy it, you can purchase it here! Read further on the timeline and how I finally published my novel!