As a writer, what do you do when your novel is out on submission?
The immediate answer should naturally be – Write the next thing/keep writing.
What if the novel out on submission is the first in a series?
That’s the place I’m currently in. The work that is out on submission is the first novel in a police procedural series. As an insecure writer, the what-if’s are pounding away at my head. Not just what-if’s. Knowledge. The knowledge that my work isn’t good enough. Every writer is too close to their work and thinks it’s worthwhile, when the reality is different. So I’m there. Feeling the strain of knowing I can’t cut it. My work can’t cut it. I can. I can sit down and put in the work that is needed, but it’s probably not up to scratch. I’ve read some bloody good novels recently.
So, with that in place, I still need to keep writing. I have books two and three plotted out. I also have an idea for another crime book. I am currently working on book two. But – what if I’m wasting my time? If book one gets completely trashed and it’s going nowhere, am I wasting valuable time working on book two when I could be working on my other idea? The flip side is, book one gets accepted and someone wants to know when book two will be ready….
I suppose, if book one can’t find a nice snuggly home somewhere, and I’m tapping away at my keyboard on book two, I can say that I’ve been practicing my writing skills and the next book I start will have a better start in life.
See, I’m a big shiny ball of optimism!
What are your thoughts on writing when a novel is out on submission?
Today’s post comes to you courtesy of Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group. The monthly blog hop that does what it says on the tin.