Blogger: Rachel Kent
Insecurity is a common ailment for authors and it seems to strike strongly when a contract is signed. It is common for a client to come to me once the contract is final and need a boost of encouragement as he/she gets started on completing the book.
For novelists, especially first time novelists, it is normal for the first book of a contract to already be completed–but the anxiety usually hits when the author realizes that he/she only has 9 months to a year to write book 2…and the same for book 3. Sometimes the first book took years to write and revise.
Nonfiction writers are most often given a contract based on a proposal and sample chapters. After a contract is signed, it’s common for an author to second guess if he/she can actually complete the full book–and/or if the writing will be strong enough when the book is finished.
What should you do when you are faced with this author insecurity? Here are a few pointers.
- Talk to your agent! Your agent can also help you set up a schedule so you feel better about reaching your goals.
- Pray for peace and strength and ask some close friends to keep you in prayer and to check in with you throughout the writing process.
- Realize that your publishing house wouldn’t have contracted you if they didn’t like your writing style and believe in your ability to write the book and meet the deadline.
- Don’t procrastinate. Get started with the writing right away and keep up your writing so that you will meet that deadline.
Unpublished authors face insecurity too, especially if a book isn’t getting the interest it likely deserves. The insecurity might make an author feel like giving up, but you too can pray about this insecurity and talk with some accountability partners about what you should do.
Have you faced author insecurity?
How do you deal with it?