Guest Post with Sarina Langer: Self-Doubt: 14 Authors Share Their Advice


This one is for all my writer babes out there. All of us, no matter where we are in our career, face self-doubt. Not once. Not twice. Multiple times. Writing and publishing is a tough and lonely business, but 14 authors banded together to create one SUPER post about how to deal with the issue. My author bae Sarina Langer is host this week, so go check it out!


Authors’ Oracle Questionnaire: The Wheel of Fortune & Justice

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X.  The Wheel of Fortune:  Do you have a set routine or schedule?

I’m absolutely a planner, so yes, I have a set writing routine. I work 6 days a week on writing, although the amount I do now, during my brain injury recovery, is much less than if I had gone full-time a year or two ago.

Three days a week are for freelance work. I do writing stints throughout the day, aiming for 500+ words each time. I usually end up doing 2500-3000 words on those days, depending on the workload.

The other three days a week, I work on personal projects. Those are more subjective as far as word counts go, but I usually try to do a chapter every two days, which results in a chapter and a half a week done. For smaller novellas, which is my primary focus, it works well, but once I’m able to write more again and get back to writing 80K+ standalones, I’ll need to up production there.

I usually try to be done before 5PM, and that generally works with freelancing, but less so with personal work.

XI.  Justice:  What’s the biggest consequence that your main character will have to face?  (If it spoils the plot, feel free to be vague.)

In my current erotic romance WIP, the biggest consequence our heroine will have to face is losing the love(s) of her life. I don’t want to get too much more specific than that, but the WIP itself is primarily smut and fluff and cuteness, so there aren’t too many dramatic consequences ahead.

The Authors’ Oracle Questionnaire: Strength & The Hermit

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VIII.  Strength:   What do you feel your greatest creative strength is?

I’ve always thought my greatest creative strength is my dialogue skillz. I’d like to think I write snappy, witty banter that makes people smile and feel all the feels. To me, there’s nothing more awkward than throwing self-praise around, but fuck it. I’m good at dialogue.

IX.  The Hermit:  Can you write in coffee shops or other busy places, or do you need quiet?

Yikes. Even before my concussion, I needed quiet to write. Sometimes, if I’m in the right headspace, I can swing a writing stint with some music going. I actually do better if I pump myself up with music first, then I can get my write on. Before concussion times, I found I did good editing and whatnot at coffee shops, but even then writing wasn’t a thing there. I need my quiet, ergonomic work environment, please and thanks.