Monthly Archives

November 2017

The Dirty Little Secret about Writing: Self Doubt Never Really Goes Away

I’ve been writing seriously for over ten years now. And by “seriously” I mean writing novels and short stories with an eye toward publication. I’ve published one nonfiction book, and one work of autobiographical fiction. I also coach writers, so I’ve edited countless manuscripts.

Last month I finished the first draft of my next nonfiction book. I’ve spent the last year reading and researching, and the past six months painstakingly writing out each chapter. “I’ve got this,” I thought to myself all summer long. “I finally know what I’m doing.”

Then, a week ago, I read through the entire first draft.

And immediately went into the black pit of despair. Continue Reading