Of all of the professional writers I have worked with, 99% of them see a new book having an uncertain result and it worries them.
Each, consciously or unconsciously, asks “Will my readers like this book? Will they like it as much as my last book? Will my writing be as good as my other books?”
The majority of writers all seem to have that same insecurity: they start over with every new book. With every new book, they expect an uncertain result.
What Does Your New Book Cause?
If you feel this underlying negative emotion each time you start a new project, you are not alone. Often you feel that your work is inadequate for the public. . .you don’t really know how to write. . .you’ll never finish it. . .readers won’t appreciate your efforts. . .nobody likes you. . .and so on. You can fill in your own blanks here.
All of us are defined by our subconscious self-image. Writers, particularly, bare their souls when writing—especially with fiction. You give readers access to your deepest thoughts and emotions. Fiction or non-fiction, you allow readers to judge you and your work.
Sometimes this can be absolutely brutal. That would make anyone in any field insecure, but it is even more intense when you are a writer. Often we see this materialize as writer’s block.
Coping with this Insecurity
So, how can you cope with this feeling of insecurity? First step would be to recognize how you feel when you start or finish a new book, when you seem to be expecting an uncertain result. In other words, define the problem.
Next, consciously create a self-image of success. You’ll have to work at this, plus be vigilant that your self-image never slips into negativity. Whether you have written ten books or no book, you should see yourself as being a writer who is victorious on the battlefield of book publishing. You can do this—you have done this.
Reject your negative thoughts and feelings while you focus on the happy emotions of achievement. Feel good about what you are doing. Stay positive and don’t dwell upon the negative thoughts that can be created with each new project.