“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E.L. Doctorow
Writing involves a huge leap of faith for me. Every time I sit down to start a new project, I’m assailed with doubts. I think, “What am I doing? What makes you think anyone will want this one? Nobody has wanted any of the others. Why waste your time? You should be doing something else while your son sleeps, like cooking supper, or knitting. This is going to be so much work, and for what?”
While I haven’t sold anything yet, I imagine that I would still feel the same way had I sold ten novels, or twenty novels, although my train of thoughts might be a little different. Still, it’s understandable; you’re sitting down, investing HUGE quantities of your time, in this labor of love that no one else might ever want. And it’s scary. But I do it anyway. And each time, I have to truly believe that this story will be better then the last (and they always are), that this story will finally find a home with an agent or publisher who loves it. And I have to repeat this mantra to myself every single day until I’m done writing. Then, while it makes the rounds, I immediately get started on the next, telling myself that THIS will be the one.
While a large part of me believes that if I just keep plugging away, writing and sending out novel after novel, I’ll eventually get published, another part of me wonders; will I really, though? What about you? What do you do to get through the doubts?