Thank you for stopping by my Writer’s Block! A few years ago, I posted on the topic of the writer’s roller coaster ride. I had just entered a contest, and earned a spot in the mentor and agent rounds. It was HUGE!!! Today, I write about this topic again, this time through the lens of an author with a book deal. The emotions I go through are detailed below, on this Writer’s Roller Coaster Ride I am currently on. I love it, and I wouldn’t want it any other way! Maybe you have experienced some of these on your own writing journey.
DISBELIEF: As many of you know, the process of submitting a book to agents and publishers is filled with twists and turns, and a lot of disappointment. When I received the offer of publication from REUTS, I almost could not believe it. I had gotten to know the team a bit through the years, and I hoped deep down that my book would find its home with them. When it finally happened, it took a while for it to sink in.
PRIDE: This really speaks for itself. When a writer gets positive feedback of any kind, be it from a critique partner, a literary agent, or a publisher, the pride swells. And that’s okay! Enjoy it! Revel in it! Get ready for the next steps in your writer’s journey. The day I saw the official press release about my novel in Publisher’s Marketplace and on the REUTS blog, I knew it was really happening! My heart swelled! I love my publishing team at REUTS, and know that my book baby is in the best of hands.
SELF-DOUBT: I think as writers, we are very comfortable with self-doubt. We know it well, and consider ourselves friends. I say that in a jokingly sort of way, but truthfully, writers see so much in the way of “N0-thank-you’s” that we sometimes wonder if we are up to the tasks in front of us. Eventually we do grow more comfortable with self doubt. Now, as an author with REUTS, I still have my own doubts. I think about upcoming revisions and marketing my book, and wonder what those processes will be like. But through all of the wondering, I know I have an amazing support system in place; my family, friends, and my publisher are all part of my cheering section.
TRUST: Trust can be tricky for writers. We spend so much with our stories and characters while we write them. It can be tough to see their world as anything different than what we envision in our own minds. But part of the writing process includes trusting people with our book babies. It’s through the eyes of others that writers can create a more complete, fulfilling novel for our readers. Through the years, I have grown more and more comfortable asking for criticism and critique from people. I write about that topic a little bit here. I also get more comfortable with trust by helping others sculpt their own novels. There is something empowering about that. (see below)
EMPOWERMENT: The feeling of empowerment is also a tough thing for a writer, or any creative artist, to feel. We are always looking for what’s wrong with our work so we can fix it. Sometimes we can’t ever get to the point where we believe it’s any good. When writers learn to trust themselves with the writing process, and others with advice as they help you sculpt your book into a work of art, that’s when the magic happens. Your book takes on a life of its own. With that magic, comes empowerment. It took me a while to understand this, but it’s okay to step back, look at your novel, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
PEACE: Peace for me as a writer comes and goes. Self doubt rears it’s ugly head from time to time, but then fades away as my novel writing progresses. Peace with the writing process comes and goes. I need to remember to embrace it when it comes, and get excited when I meet little goals!
ANXIOUSNESS: This is where I am currently at on this roller coaster ride toward publication. As I write this post, I am super anxious and excited at what lies ahead for my book baby. I appreciative the incredible support system of my family, friends, and publisher, REUTS. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
I love comments! Please feel free to comment below, or share your experiences with your own writer’s roller coaster ride.
Congrats on publishing your book! That’s so exciting =)
Ugh, my writer’s roller coaster is quite a story. When I was younger, I used to write all the time. However, when I got older, I stopped writing to focus on school and I didn’t write for almost six years. During these past few years, I’ve been writing again and doing it seriously. I have two stories online right now, and I’m hoping to publish one of them in the future. Sadly, my stories didn’t get as popular as I wanted them to on Wattpad, but I’m still hoping to get one of them published. It’s been a wild ride so far, filled with self-doubt, sadness and wanting to give up.
Thank you so much for commenting! Self doubt is so difficult. Hang in there! It truly is a roller coaster ride. Keep going! Do you have a crit partner?
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No, I don’t =( I need to get one, though. I plan to focus on publishing my novel next year. For the rest of this year, I’ll be trying to get my short stories published.
Good luck to you!!! Keep me posted!
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I plan to post updates on my blog =)
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An excellent piece and one I can attest to. Although I’m decades older than you, you’ve covered all aspects of how many writers feel, Lots of us ‘scribblers’ are half extroverts/half introverts and therein lies the problem.Although I had four books published before I wrote my first novel, when in print, it was like walking down the street stark naked!! Ugh! Here’s wishing you every success, Susan. Sincerely Joy
Thank you Joy! I agree. Even the most extroverted writers feel the lows of this crazy ride!
So true! Every word. I think we as writers are on a perpetual roller coaster ride, whether we’re published or not. I’ve gone through these so many times. When I hit doubt (often) I have to remind myself of the short stories I’ve published and the contest I won. ‘Course, I just hit doubt again on the next run. This is where a good writing group can be so valuable, “good” being one where everyone encourages each other to be better, reminds each other that their writing is good, and shares the excitement when something positive happens.
Absolutely. But writers need to be brave enough to put their work out there. That’s where trust can come into play a well. A good crit group or even just a crit partner, can be a huge help. Thanks so much for commenting and stopping by!
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