Every Writer’s Nightmare

It was one of those days when the doubts and fears come crashing down to destroy the euphoria I feel. You may know the questions rattling around inside your head, the answers screaming for their moment of attention. Is the novel good enough? Is there enough detail? Is there too much detail? Have I adequately described the scenes? Do the characters have depth? Are they believable, likable, or sympathetic? Does my prose flow and bring the world I created to life? Is my writing enough to compete with the big names of the publishing industry?

Does it even matter?

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  1. I’ve come to learn (after multiple 1-star reviews) that no book will meet up to everyone’s expectations. I’ve now gotten a wide range of reviews and emails. The reviews are split down the middle (between those who love my books and those who hate them), but the emails are mostly positive.

    All I know is that no matter what you write or how you write it, someone will hate it and feel compelled to be snarky about it. So I guess the end result is your book will never be good enough for everyone.

    That’s easy to say, but hard to accept. I’ve cried and almost given up. I’ve battled with the same question, “Does it even matter?”

    I think the question is: Do you enjoy what you wrote?

    As for the big names in the publishing industry, check out their reviews sometime. It made me feel much better during my funk phase.

    The self-published authors who are getting the glowing reports typically have author friends and family vouching for them. Sure, there are some legit reviews, but for the most part, I recognize the names of the reviewers and know how that author got those reviews. (Think “book swap”.) This is okay, but I just think that it puts things in perspective when looking at “how good?” their book is.

    My recommendation is that when you start getting fan mail, save it in a folder. Then when you think it’s all pointless and no one likes your work, pull those emails out and read them over and over. You need those emails because it reminds you that you aren’t the only person who likes your work. 😉

    And be prepared for the ups and downs. Some days are better than others.


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