Being an "author" isn't all listening to Queen and David Bowie in your free time and writing and reading the rest of the time; actually, being an "author" is largely about managing your fragile psyche so that you do not shatter.
I've talked about it on here before, but it is important enough to repeat:
This is true whether you are an aspiring author or a published author - but once you already have a book out there, and have the (equal parts uplifting and frustrating) privilege of reading what critics and readers both liked and disliked about your novel, it becomes a whole lot more difficult to separate thoughts of "will people like this?" from the writing process.
But, hey: it's also necessary.
That's where I am right now. How am I handling it? I'm not really sure; I've tried lots of different things, but the main thing is repetition - writing daily with the conscious decision to think only about the creation of the work and not the down-the-road exposure of the work. Also, I'm further removed from the publication of The Great Lenore, and the reviews from readers are now rolling in too quickly for me to really keep up with them - each of which makes things easier.
How about you?
Do you have a hard time blocking out thoughts of down-the-road reactions when you write?
Do you (gasp!) show people your work as you write it, or do you hold off?
Until I debunked this thought, did you think being an author was all listening to Queen and David Bowie in your free time?
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