Road Block

As mentioned previously, I’ve been away sick but am now almost completely back ‘on deck’, so to speak. This doesn’t mean my ‘mojo’ is back – in fact, I’m having trouble picking up the pen again.

However, this – I’ve come to realise – is not directly related to being sick. I’ve been procrastinating and ‘stuck’ since April. I have a 90% finished WIP – Guns of Perdition – which simply needs a tidy up to be ready, as well as a dozen started projects, but I can’t get into anything.

I suspect I know the reason why; it’s my fear over publishing GoP that’s got me stuck. I keep thinking (over-thinking) the same things… If I publish it, will it be good enough? Will people read it? If people read it, will they like it? If they do like it, I have to write book 2. What if I can’t finish book 2? What if I’m a 1 book wonder? What about the people who don’t like it? Will I get canned?

And so on…….

Did you all come up against this seemingly insurmountable road-block with your first book? How did you get past it? Did you get past it or are you in the same boat – unable to push that button and consequently just… stuck?

Help an anxious, over-thinking, INFJ out will ya?

21 thoughts on “Road Block

  1. It took me over seven years to write my first book, “Rock and Roll Children.” It seemed that every distraction possible came up when I was writing it combined with the daunting thought of ever finishing it. I would tend to things life threw at me and then said to myself, there’s no more excuses now, start writing.

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  2. We’re about at the same place on our writing journey. I figure with all the work we’ve put into our first books, they’re probably readable but with newbie mistakes and our authorial voices not yet gelled. Our best writing is 10 books in the future, but we’ll never get to that best writing unless we keep moving forward, publishing (or querying) the first book, then writing and publishing (querying) again, and again.

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  3. I agree with Craig. I still get “stage fright” with every book I release. The good news is that I’m better at squashing that stage fright with each book I release 🙂

    What you’re experiencing is part of the writing journey. The fact that you’ve reached the point you’re at right now, means you’re one more step ahead on the path.

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  4. Everyone has doubts. Even James Patterson. Well, maybe not him. But most of us have them.

    There are two schools of thought on this.
    1. Write all your books without publishing them until the series is done, then do a rapid release schedule and a big media blitz to garner as much of a following as you can.
    2. Write the best book you can, release, repeat. You won’t get the same following right away (because, let’s face it, our world is now all about instant gratification) but you will start gaining a following sooner. And you might maintain more of your sanity.

    Either way beats your third option, which is to do nothing. Sure, no one will be critical. But you’ll also deny the world the gift of your story. And you don’t want to be that person, do you?

    It’ll be fine, Jess. The first one’s the hardest because it’s the biggest unknown, but you can do it.

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    1. Thanks so much Staci. Your advice is great, and I am leaning toward option 2… though the temptation to do nothing and stay ‘safe’ sure is hard to beat. Guess I just have to suck it up 😁
      Thanks again 😔

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      1. Book two is where most new authors start, and it’s a solid choice. Just try to remember this is what you worked so hard for. Don’t scare yourself out of the joy of crossing the finish line.

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  5. You’ve always impressed with with your confidence when I read your blogs. I think it’s almost normal to be a bit afraid. I expected my first book to do okay. It was a dismal failure. The self publishers I used printed it in a 9-font, which was too small for most readers, even me. I wrote for a magazine for a few years, so it should be easy to publish a book. Right? So why am I afraid to send my work off? I had to same questions you asked – will they like it? am I any good? Your writing is good, so don’t doubt yourself. There will always be some who don’t like your writing, but ignore them. They’re simply jealous. Good luck!

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