So, you’re questioning how perfect your novel is after self-publishing it. You’re wondering whether a sentence should have been written differently, whether a character isn’t all she should be. You’re wondering if this is the norm.
The answer is doubting is a good thing, and rest assured, no author, regardless of their prominence in the publishing world, is ever one hundred percent satisfied with their writing. No manuscript will ever be as perfect as you want it.
Doubt is a normal human reaction.
When reading your work, you will always find another word, another adjective, another thought, which may sound better if … if … if…
Not questioning yourself—in any aspect of life, for that matter—is irrational. Doubt produces perfection. It drives you to check, recheck and rethink what you’ve put down on paper. It creates that dubious gut feeling that makes you think that your manuscript is never good enough and pushes you to make it as perfect as it can be.
Renowned writers and artists have the uneasy feeling kicking around as you do. Because no matter how good you are, it can always be better.
So, if you think you’re the only one filled with self-doubt, rest assured you are not. Embrace it because that uncertainty will improve your writing and make you a better self-publisher. In the end, that’s all that matters.
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