The woes of writing: My writer’s war chest

I’m currently working on a manuscript. I’ve had plenty of book ideas in the past but this one is the first that I’ve actually felt might be worth it. If I manage to polish and refine it to the point where it is fit for another set of human eyes, that is. Just writing that feels ridiculously presumptuous and makes me feel small and inadequate.

So anyway, along with the excitement this presents comes all of the negative aspects of writing. Things like the anxiety, the hysteria, the venomous self-criticism, inferiority complexes and the sense that it is all just too big, too ambitious and impossible after all. Then you calm down and it is still incredibly difficult.Read More »