I’ve reached the point where I’ve finished riding the wave of euphoria at getting my first novel published, and have now hit the wall of the terrifying second piece.
Do I have anything in the pipeline? Yes. Two novel-length WIPs, one of which is nearly complete, and two short stories in response to calls for submissions. I’ll admit that I am completely inexperienced in short stories – I like to have room to develop plot and character, and so I’m constantly feeling that I’m moving things along far too quickly. But it’s an area I want to develop in, so damn it, I’m going to.
But my almost-complete WIP has me in a tailspin. Is it any good? I was working on my debut novel for three years, and I know I developed as a writer in that time – heck, you could see it in the early chapters of my first draft – but am I developing in the right way? Am I going to submit this and be told that the first one was better?
It’s a good thing I love writing, because it’s the most stressful job I’ve ever taken on. When I finish the spanking scene I’m working on right now, I’ll be the happiest woman alive – and I’ll treat myself to cheesecake.