We are staying one week in Khao Lak, Thailand. The German has the opportunity to work remote on a project that requires about 100 hours and so we have decided to split it up into one week on the beach, and then one week in Bangkok. This means I get one week to write, and only write. My Iceland book is now off to editors (yes plural, I have decided to go with swapping services, so it goes through a series of them before it is finally finished) and I do not think it makes any sense to tinker with it until it is back. So that means I have one week to start a new project.
And my mind suffered a giant brain freeze of fear.
I honestly thought once I worked my way through the Iceland book starting a new project would be easier. I had done it before. Now it was time to start again. I do not even have work or other commitments pushing in on me like last time.
And not so.
So I did what most writers do, I let myself feel like I was working because I was on writer’s sites.
And found out I should feel afraid, because everyone does.
Mhairi Simpson just wrote a post that could have been taken out of my head, (including fighting the battle of fat, because that has been struggle for me since moving to Germany) and over on Writer Unboxed Carleen Brice talks about Writing Through Doubt, and how she still is afraid despite the success of her first novels and even having them made into TV movies.
And finally, if they do not convince you it is normal, then check out Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk. Love her or hate her (and we writers need to accept that there will alway be people in both camps about us, and stop letting that stop us!) I find this to be a great pep talk. And now I am off to write!