Doubt, My Books, Writing

To know my own mind

I’ve said many times that I hate making decisions. I blame it on having a Libra sun sign—you know, that being able to see both sides thing? Of course, the real cause of indecision is fear. I fear making the WRONG choice. And the basis of that fear is vanity, but let’s not go into that today.

My current indecisiveness concerns the cover for my next novel. I have two of them, now. I like each for different reasons. I’ve curbed what I usually do in these situations—seek a zillion other opinions. I’ve only sought two opinions for the first cover and one, so far, for the second.

I’d like to just go with my gut, but my gut doesn’t have the eye of an experienced designer. Then again, I don’t always think the covers on some best-sellers from the big New York publishers are all that hot. See those scales tipping this way and that?

These cover choices will soon be followed by choices in editing when I receive notes from my beta readers. I’ll have to decide whether to follow or ignore each of their suggestions. Some of those decisions will be no-brainers, but others will twist my brain in knots.

My goal for this book was to be more self-reliant, to trust my gut more. To know my own mind. And I do, but I still don’t trust it enough. The need for approval is crippling, isn’t it? Do you struggle with that?

24 thoughts on “To know my own mind”

  1. Since you’re down to two choices, flip a coin? Or, you can do the snowflake option – toss the images into the air and whichever image lands nearest to a designated point becomes the cover.


  2. Aw! You’re such a tease! We haven’t seen these yet, have we? I’m sorry, my friend, I just climbed out of writer’s cave and can barely recall what I had for lunch today! Lol! Well, good luck with your decision-making. I’ve gone thru a bunch of stuff, too, and can’t wait to chat about them. Take your time and finish your book and everything. I’ll just wait here…



    1. Congratulations on your second book publishing, Jimmy! 🙂

      No, you haven’t seen the cover choices. I’ve made my decision now, but I’m still modifying the cover, so it will be a while before I reveal it. I’m back to revisions anyway. 😦


  3. Linda, am very glad for some one like you…. Yeah imagination is more important than knowledge, knowledge is limited while imagination encircles the world…. yOur imagination can also lead you to a nice cover of Novel.. Thanks____ love u all:*D


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