Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I.W.S.G.



Sometimes, I just feel like at any moment my publisher is going to call and tell me they made a terrible mistake...

How do you deal with self-doubt?

It's time for us to lose our weary minds...


22 comments:

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I would love to have that problem! But I suppose I need to finish my book first.

Suzanne Furness said...

I think self doubt goes hand-in-hand with being a writer! But you have come so far already, keep the faith and you will come out the other side I'm sure. Who knows what the day may bring. Take care.

Suzanne
IWSG co-host

Annalisa Crawford said...

I think that's quite a common feeling, actually. You just have to be grateful for every day that they DON'T change their minds! I also find saying to myself "I'm an awesome writer and they're lucky to have me" can make those fears lessen a little bit :-)

Laura said...

The only way I know to deal with my self doubt is to ignore it (or try to!) It's always going to be there, that doesn't mean it should be.

Emma Adams said...

I just try to ignore it! Self-doubt is the curse of the creative mind...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You know, that's rather funny when you think about it!
Just have faith and keep moving forward.

jaybird said...

No way girl! I know your story rocks and you are going to have a long and successful writing career. Snap out of that train of thought. You are amazing and if anything, your publisher is going to call and ask what else you have in the works!! xo

Robin said...

I understand that feeling, for sure. How to escape it? I haven't yet figured out. But those doubting voices start talking, I have to shut them up quickly-music helps for sure. And my I am a writer roar:D

Hang in there. I believe in you and Remake!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

It's funny how that doubt just never goes away. We keep thinking if we get an agent, get picked up by a publisher, THEN we will be secure. Yeah, not so much. :) Oh well, I guess we just live with it. :)

Cortney Pearson said...

I think for me, it helps to have awesome CP's who help me keep things in focus whenever I doubt myself! I'm not sure what I'd do without my awesome critique pals!!

Morgan said...

Oh Ilima, self doubt is a constant battle with me!!!! And it's all day every day. SOoooooo hard. It's funny because I remember thinking "If I could just get an agent, I wouldn't be dealing with this kind of doubt." Which so isn't the case! And now I'm dealing with "If I could just get a publisher, I wouldn't be doubting myself." LOL. It never ends!

J. A. Bennett said...

I think we all have self-doubt. Let me just say this, from the snippets of your stuff I've read I can only imagine how much better your books are. I can't wait to buy them!

Crystal Collier said...

I shove a sucker in self-doubts mouth and tell it to go sit in the corner like any bad child. =)

You are amazing Ilima, and I can't wait to read your PUBLISHED book. Wahoo!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Oh, yeah. What a nightmare to be having. I can't wait for your book!

prerna pickett said...

i don't think our insecurities ever really go away, we just need to be proud of all that we've accomplished.

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Aww, this makes me want to give you a big, tight hug. You are doing so awesome, and I hope most of the time you see that!

Johanna Garth said...

I feel the same way every time I send revised material to my agent. I'm sure she's going to say, "Oops, didn't mean all those nice things I said. I'm cutting you loose!"

Mark Means said...

Well, for that to happen, I'd have to finish a book first :P

Publishers know what they're doing and they were smart in snatching you up :)

Jenny S. Morris said...

Self doubt is my worst enemy and I'm not sure I do the best job at fighting it. But you have to just keep reminding yourself of all your successes.

T. Drecker said...

So doubt's a constant monster, huh? You know they won't do that. Besides I'm waiting to get my grubby little hands on your book and that would be just plain mean if they did that!

Julia King said...

Ugh! Self-doubt--my arch enemy. I cope with that pesky little fiend by eating lots of chocolate. No, really, I just have to process it and then let it go. Life is a roller coaster, an annoying one at that.
No more thinking your publisher is gonna play that kind of awful trick on you! :)

M. J. Joachim said...

You just deal. What else can you do?