So... I'm really hard on myself as a writer. The picture above is of my edits AFTER the copy editor read my manuscript. Are you really critical of your writing? Or perhaps you're really critical when you're reading novels by other authors.
Once upon a time, I had anxiety over the amount of editing I felt I needed to do. After the first draft of my Book 1 manuscript was complete I read it and thought, "Wow! This is REALLY, REALLY terrible!"
I was even sad about it for a few days. But then I realized... I. AM. A. WRITER. Which means that I already possess the ability to make my story better.
What do you tend to do when you have anxiety over your writing?
For me, time is Key. I am writing a 6 book series. Because all the books together are one completely story, it's super important to me that each book follows along where the previous one left off. I want all my characters to have appropriate development in each book. I want my readers to feel surprised, anxious, and excited as they follow my characters. I want my readers to laugh and cry (which most tell me they do both of). Therefore, I always take the amount of Time I need to tell the story so I don't feel rushed.
My advice for today is, don't stress when your manuscript bleeds red. It means there's an opportunity to make your story better.
Dear Epic Inkers,
I felt out of place as a teen...more than once. But the truth is, we're only as alone as we choose to be. I'm not saying it's easy to make friends or feel connected with people, but don't be discouraged!