Second Guessing Myself

I am sure that, at one time or another, we have all second guessed ourselves. Lately, as it gets closer to the release date for my novel, FIRE ANGEL, I have begun to wonder whether or not I will ever have another great idea, one that, like FIRE ANGEL, will become a published book. I guess I tend to forget the number of edits I did to that manuscript before I pitched it, but right from the beginning, I loved the plot and Jake and Alexis, my main characters.

Currently, I have a work in progress, a historical novel, that I thought would be wonderful; it had it all — helpless heroine, Danielle, Elle, named after one of my muses, and a swash-buckling hero, Etienne — it should be great! But when I took a close look at it, it was flawed. Dang that muse for being difficult. Was there enough he and she time? It was supposed to be a romance, so where was the romance? Five chapters into the novel and the hero and heroine still hadn’t met again after ten years; something had to change; after all, you can drool over memories only so long!

So, I went back to the first chapter, back to the initial idea to figure out what I had missed.  I reworked the story, and rewrote/edited the manuscript. After several hours, I think I have a work that promises to be the novel I envisioned. I believe I have conquered the ‘what-ifs’, but you never know…Arg! I hate second guessing myself!

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About mhsusannematthews

Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have sold 24 other manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.
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2 Responses to Second Guessing Myself

  1. Pingback: Second Guessing Myself | mhsusannematthews

  2. amberautry says:

    Wow! I know you’ll get past this though. You’re great and will have to push through those second guessing moments. Write on!

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