My word count is now 9,455 words, and part of me is elated! What an achievement, well done me. There’s another part of me; however, that is aware most of those words are not up to scratch.
My recent experiment with novel writing is the first time I have written since my A-levels, and now, ten years on my writing is, as you would expect, rubbish. No author has ever woken up perfect without having to hone and develop their skills.
At the moment my biggest hurdle isn’t a lack of inspiration, it’s not having too little time (close second), and it’s not confusion regarding my characters. No, my biggest hurdle is my brain throwing self-doubt at me like missiles.
I do have a sinking feeling that this won’t improve as time passes, and I write more of my novel but that I’m just going to have to ignore the voice in my head and keep on keeping on.
How do you deal with the self-doubts? Any experienced novelists who can help me? I would love to hear from you.