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Distraction and self doubt

July 20th, 2015

Eleanor

Only 12 days until Long Bay is released, which brings a certain familiar mixture of dread and excitement to my chest. The dread that something which has existed primarily in my head for so long will become publicly available, and the excitement that people might actually want to read it. This is all topped with a thick icing of self doubt, where I question the quality of everything I have ever written, and wonder what on earth possessed me to publish another novel.short hair

As a pleasant distraction from all of this angst – I was featured on the lovely Wordmothers blog to talk about my writing. It’s a great place to read about women in the writing and publishing industry and gain insight into how they work.

What else have I done? As an extension of my nervous anticipation, I cut off all my hair, thus ensuring that my appearance will never match my author photo.

Now, if only I could have placed all of my self doubt and nervousness in the strands of my hair, most of it would be swept away and neatly disposed of by now.

I’d love to know how you deal with self doubt. Have you found a way to distract yourself or even banish it for good?

The launch of Long Bay is on September 4th, at Sydney’s Gleebooks, all are welcome and to RSVP please click here.

 

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  1. July 20, 2015

    Congratulations on the new book, Eleanor. How exciting. I look forward to reading it.I know exactly what you mean about the excitement and self doubt, and I agree that it helps to do a few things that I can control. Sometimes, even sweeping the floor helps (when it isn’t procrastination, of course!). Having let self-doubt stop me writing for so long, I now think of it as a heavy wind blowing in my face, and I need to just face into the wind and keep walking.

    • Eleanor #
      July 20, 2015

      Thanks Robyn! I love that idea of thinking of it as just wind in the face, something to front up to and keep walking. And I am very glad that you no longer let self-doubt stop you from writing, The Anchoress is such a memorable, beautiful novel.

  2. Vix #
    July 21, 2015

    Sign up for a half marathon and shift the anxiety elsewhere 😉

    • Eleanor #
      July 21, 2015

      🙂 what if it multiplied rather than shifted? See, I’ll find all sorts of excuses!

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