Every writer I know, whether they’ve written one novel, two novels, or twenty-five novels, at some point had to deal with the “Am I crazies” before they found publication.
You probably know what I’m talking about: the “Am I crazies” are that feeling you get where you’re spending so much time writing a novel or multiple novels, your friends and family are wondering what you’re doing, and you have no idea whatsoever whether you will ever see publication. You could be spending your hours writing the great American novel or you could be writing something that will only be read by your critique partners. No way of knowing. That’s when you stare at the ceiling and wonder, “Am I crazy for spending so much time doing this?”
The “Am I Crazies” are a natural result of writing a novel without having any idea whether the novel will find its way to publication, which is… you know, every novel by an unpublished author. This feeling can also be a pernicious, crippling force for some writers as they struggle with self-doubt and try to keep going without knowing what the future will bring.
So. How do you deal with the “Am I crazies” and keep yourself writing?
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