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... :)


  1. Oh I think I must be a sufferer of this affliction too! Sounds like you've had a busy and exciting time with lots of travel.

    1. I think all writers probably suffer from it... :)

  2. If you get a chance, read the chapter "Publication" in Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott. It will make you laugh and feel like you've met your angst sister. You'll want to hug her.

  3. Sorry, I don't have a cure. But it sounds like you've had a pretty exciting summer!