My new book stinks. Or maybe it doesn’t. I don’t know. You might be wondering why I’d even try to write a book if I can’t tell if it’s good. Or you might know exactly how I feel.
My critique partners are in agreement that it’s coming along fine. And I can’t exactly explain anything that’s wrong with it. But I’m pretty sure my agent will shriek in horror when she reads it. Not that I have a reason. It’s more of a feeling.
Do all authors have doubts? I haven’t heard of any who don’t. In his book, On Writing, Stephen King admits that his wife rescued the first pages of Carrie from the trash. Without her support, would he have quit writing? Or would he have persevered, and perhaps found Carrie again later waiting patiently for her story to be told? I have to believe it would have been the latter. As authors we have too many characters with too many stories to ever think of truly giving up.
So, I for one, am pushing forward, often fighting a daily battle of wanting to scrap this draft entirely and start something new. Of course all of the same undefinable problems might be hiding in the new plot too. So where would I go from there?
Have you already written the dreaded second book? Did you have doubts while writing? Did you work through them? Take a break? Start over entirely? Please share in the comments, because there must be a secret to chasing away the doubt and getting back to the business of writing.
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