- Author Veronica Roth (DIVERGENT)’s brave post on the fear she’s faced while writing her sequel
- Author Erin Bowman (THE LAICOS PROJECT)’s awesome post on her fear after getting a book deal
- Author Elizabeth Gilbert (EAT PREY LOVE)’s TED talk on the psychological construct of muses and doing the work despite the fear. This is one of my favorite talks on creativity ever, because it fuses the notion that there is some divine spark of inspiration with the fact that you have to sit your ass down and work whether the inspiration shows up or not.
- Three of my not-yet-pubbed friends have emailed me in the last week, plagued by the sharp teeth and claws of Doubt Monsters. They’re all fantastic writers. I believe with my whole heart that all three of them will be published.
- I’ve been wrestling the Doubt Monsters lately myself as I work on my edits for BORN WICKED. This is the first time I’ve been on deadline. It’s the first time I’ve gotten such extensive revision notes. I’m incredibly lucky to have gotten an amazing deal, to be able to quit my job, to have such a supportive editor. But I want to make everyone proud. I want to be awesome. I want this book to be wildly successful. I want readers to love my book. I want these things very, very badly. And if I think about it too much, I get stuck. It’s too much. I can’t write from that place of fear and overwhelm. I find excuses to go out with friends, to take naps, to read, to eat cookies, to do anything except write. I expect this sort of paralysis happens to almost all writers, over and over again, at various points. For me? The best solution I’ve found so far is to take my ego out of it. I may not always trust myself, but I trust The Playwright and my fabulous CP and my amazing editor to tell me when things work and when they don’t and help me fix it. I trust the process—that if I do my part, if I show up and get quiet and shove my ego out of the way, we’ll figure it out. It’s not about me. It’s about the story. Telling the story is manageable. Telling the story is my job.