As some of you may know last week I released the 3rd book in my contemporary romance series. Seeing the book for sale and receiving feedback is wonderful, however it also means that I have now entered my "fear of writing stage". I experienced the exact same thing after book 1 was released and then again after book 2 came out. I had hoped to avoid it this time, but it is here in all its raging glory.
Now this stage is not the same as experiencing writers' block. The general ideas are there and I am writing. Instead, it is a gut wrenching fear that I will not be able to complete the book or if I do that it will terrible.
Like many authors, I write from the seat of my pants for the most part. I have a general idea of what I want to occur in the story and the characters involved, but the rest just comes to me as I write. Maybe if I did more plotting this awful stage would not pop up, but that's just not how I write.
What about everyone else? Do other writers ever experience a similar fear or is it just me? And if you do how do you go about handling it? I would love to know because so far I have not found a secret weapon to overcome it.