The Writer's Book of Doubt

The Writer's Book of Doubt


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Impostor syndrome. Thinking that your writing sucks. Feeling targeted by the rejection cannon. Despairing that no one is ever going to read your stories. Lost in Submissionland. Overwhelmed by radioactive brain weasels.

The Writer's Book of Doubt contains practical advice and inspiration for dealing with the problems of the writing life.

Illustrated by Kathleen Jennings.

With essays from: Aliette de Bodard, Delilah S. Dawson, Kate Dylan, Malon Edwards, Meg Elison, Kate Elliott, Lauren Herschel, S.L. Huang, Crystal Huff, Kameron Hurley, Matthew Kressel, R.F. Kuang, Fonda Lee, R. Lemberg, Likhain, Jeannette Ng, A. Merc Rustad, Mary Swangin, Bogi Takács, E. Catherine Tobler, Martha Wells and Isabel Yap.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648334224
Publisher: Aidan Doyle
Publication date: 07/10/2019
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 430,268
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

The Writer's Hierarchy of Doubt

Don't Self Reject

The Awesomeness Dossier

The Literal Seat of My Pants

Why Doesn't My Doppelganger Have Impostor Syndrome

The Mediocre White Man Confidence Factory

Upgrading Your Armor Class

How to Measure Your Self-Worth By Your Productivity

Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Writer

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

The Necessity of Hope

The Space You Make For Your Art

The Ball in the Box

Revenge is a Hundred Dresses

Redecorating the Pit of Despair

The Optimist's Guide to the End of the World

The Search for Happiness Explained by a Randomized Hillclimbing Algorithm

Emergency Bunnies

Seeing Yourself in Stories

I am a Big Black Man Who Writes Science Fiction

The Racial Rubber Stamp

Cultural Appropriation for the Worried Writer

El Mayarah - Stronger Together

How to Write Trans, Nonbinary and/or Intersex Background Characters – and Why

The Venice of Awkward Comparisons

The Great Green Demon

I Want My Friends to Succeed, But Not as Much as I Do

Asking for Help

Saying No

Living With Someone Who Doesn't Respect Your Writing

Networking for Misanthropes

The Importance of Being Kind

Ten Things I Learned From Failure

When Things Go Wrong

Knowing When to Quit

The 9 and 3/4 Platforms of Rejection

Making Your Own Luck

The Stress of Success

Weighing the Value of Advice

The Expectation of Progress

Choosing What to Write Next

My Novel Writing Process, AKA Writing With Baby

No Word is Ever Wasted

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Whenever I'm in an Extended Period of Not-Writing I am Always Deeply, Deeply Mystified About How the Hell to Start Again

I Was Going to Write an Essay about Procrastination

This Important Notification Will Reveal the Secret of Eliminating Distractions

The Good, the Bad, and the Offline

All the Things You Know You Should Do, But Don't

If Only I Could Find the Perfect To Do List App, I Could Conquer the Galaxy

No Death Match Here: Self-Publishing Versus Traditional

The Ups and Downs of a Long Career by Martha Wells

Writing, Mostly

If You Haven't Written Seventeen International Bestsellers by the Age of Four, Forget About a Career as a Writer

If Your Cat Doesn't Write 1000 Words a Day, You're Not a Real Writer

Enabling Energy Saver Mode

The Superfluous Things that Wear Our Togas Threadbare

The Edge of the Map

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