Thursday, 27 September 2012

Writer's Paranoia

This post is dedicated to a little-known (possibly because I just made it up) but serious condition: Writer's Paranoia, in the hope that I can raise awareness of it.

Symptoms can include:

  • Constant checking of emails to see if you might have missed one from your editor/agent/publisher, whether it be a) hoping for good news or b) hoping it isn't bad news
  • Constant checking of finished draft to make minor changes despite the manuscript being out of your hands
  • Fretting that no one will want to buy the book when it's published
  • Fretting that no one will like the book
  • Fear of bad reviews
  • All of the above
If anyone knows any possible remedies for the above condition, please let me know!

On a totally unrelated note, I've just finished editing my novel Darkness Watching, the first in a new 5-book YA paranormal/fantasy series! And I'm packing. Yeah, it's that time again. Time to go back to uni! I have to say, it's been quite a summer. Surviving the Costa Rican jungle, trying terrifying new sports, getting stranded in Texas, enjoying a family holiday in Italy, celebrating my 21st and, of course, signing a publishing contract! But I'm more than ready to get back to Lancaster, even though it's scary that I only have one year left! Time to return to my home away from home...

Note: I've also created myself a Facebook author page! Might be a little premature, but it'll save me time later... :)