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#1 TessCorvina


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Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:21 AM

I don't remember when I became a member here, but it should be a couple of years ago. I prominently write paranormal romance, YA, and Fantasy. I wrote my first novel in 2008 when I didn't know how to do it. I sent a manuscript to an editor who painted every page I sent her red because I didn't even know what a POV was. But gladly, the agent like my story so she kept working with me to see what the heck was going on. I did learn a lot, and from then I wrote another 3 books. My agent passed away in 2016, and currently, I'm struggling to trust my voices.


I'm self-editing a book right now, and it's a daunting task. A lot of time, I feel like I want to give up and go open a cafe or something. But I do love my stories and the world I've created for them. I don't know if any of you have gone through a phase where you feel like you don't have enough time or resource to do whatever you want to do to push your dreams forward. I feel like that a lot lately, so I'm coming here to find inspiration and motivation. Perhaps someone who was in my place once made it and can give me a hint.




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Posted 13 March 2019 - 10:39 AM

Wow, yours is a rare story!


I'm sorry your agent passed away, but I'm sure you've learned a lot from that experience. It is valuable.


Not enough time? You've made me chuckle :-)


My primary writing and editing time is during my train ride home after work. You'll find that the vast majority of us struggle with time, with discipline, and most certainly with self-doubt.


I know from friends who've had books published that the self-doubt doesn't necessarily go away; it changes form. For those who've had multiple books published, the fear about being able to complete a novel might abate, but the doubt about building and maintaining an audience only grows.


Writing is not for those who are afraid of being afraid. But if you keep at it, you'll mine gold for yourself while entertaining your audience. Glad you came back to the site and I hope you're able to continue to learn and help other writers learn. Sharing is invaluable.

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