I am moving full-speed ahead on my second book. As long as I get it finished by May, it will be ready to release to the public in the summer!
You’d think I’d have an easier time writing this one. After all, I’ve already got Dangerous under my belt. All of the fears and doubts should be gone, right?
Apparently, I have a real knack for making simple things difficult! I start on one path with my characters, then think of some other twist, and end up completely confused. Some days, I start to think I AM the characters… talk about scary!
That’s why I’ve spent so much time talking to myself. No, not in a men-in-the-white-coats-should-be-coming kind of way, but in a motivational way. When things start to get tough (or when my desire to include a million different details makes things tough), I find myself saying, “You can do it. Yes, you can.” It’s just like “The Little Engine That Could” telling himself, “I think I can, I think I can!”
I’d love to say that I give myself a pep talk and keep on writing. However, there are times when the fears and the doubts make that difficult. Then, I wind up having an argument with myself that goes something like:
“You can do it.”
“No, you can’t.”
“You can’t give up. You could be a best-seller one day!”
“But what if the book doesn’t sell?”
“Dangerous sold – so well, in fact, that everyone keeps asking when a second book is coming out.”
Do you ever have inner-arguments like this? I think we’ve all been here at some point. Luckily, though, I’ve found that when I let all of the negative thoughts come out, I can contradict them and move on. I’ve even written some of them down so that I can address them and get rid of them!
So, take my lead… Let your fears come out… That way, you can tell them just how wrong they are!