Questions and Doubts

This is a tough topic for me. I went back and searched for my entry on which famous author I wanted to meet but could not find it. It must have been during that period in time when my computer had crashed and I was unable to post. I think I would want to meet R.L. Stine, his books have been captivating children for ages. I remember devouring them when I was younger. Now my children read every one that they can get their hands on.

The first question I would ask would be “How did you manage to have such longevity in your writing career?” The past few years I have been having problems getting a book to completion. I know a big part of that is that I feel like my writing isn’t good enough. If it were then my books would certainly do better.

That leads me to my second and third question. “Do you have any tips for how to handle negative reviews/comments about your work? How do you overcome your own doubts about your abilities? (should you have any)”

I think answers to these questions could be quite useful not only to myself but to many other authors out there. But these are questions that could be asked of any author. How would you answer?



About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to Questions and Doubts

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I couldn’t find my post on which author I’d like to meet, either. Maybe the question was worded differently. Anyway, I was already teaching when the Goosebumps books came out and I remember how popular they were. Your questions for R. L. Stine are great. As far as my answers, I think every author has doubts, even if they sell a lot of books. And the general wisdom is to not read reviews at all, although I know it’s difficult to ignore them. Just keep writing!

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  2. Joselyn says:

    Great questions! I love the one about longevity. How do you come up with new ideas? How do you keep your writing fresh?

    Reviews don’t bother me so much as long as they are fair, pointing out good and bad. Working with complete negativity is much more discouraging.

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  3. I have had company and now family.I have to sit down and really think of someone. I think often the same questions come to mind, which is why I tr y so hard when I interview. It’s going to quiet down later.I will put my thinking cap on then.

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  4. jeff7salter says:

    these are great questions, Angie. I’m sure every author has to contend with negative reviews at some point. And, writers being like they / we are, I’m sure 99% have had periods of doubt or insecurity.
    As far as longevity — it blows me away to see authors who’ve cranked out books for decade upon decade. With my late start in novel-writing (age 56, basically), I’ll never have the chance to set any longevity records.

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  5. elainecsc2013 says:

    I’m with Jeff. How can an author crank out book after book and still make the writing seem fresh? Surely most authors struggle with this.

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