V is for Vulnerable. It’s our state of mind when our books are out in the world. There is this sense of utter vulnerability when I send my entire manuscript to my crit partners.
This sense intensifies when I sent the MS to an agent last year. And also an editor. Gosh, every single moment there were all kinds of silly thoughts in my head. What must she be thinking? Did she like my story? Did she like my writing style? Does she think I suck as a writer? I drove myself mad with all those crazy worries.
With time these feelings of vulnerability slowly lessen. I am worried about the new books and not my earlier ones. So much time has passed since they were published that I have stopped worrying about them.
Some writers say that they avoid reading reviews. I would not do that but I would not let it affect me (easier said than done).
How do you all tackle that vulnerability when your books are out in the world?
Note: this is my post for the A to Z Challenge. My theme is Emotions and Feelings writers experience.