10. Why is it so much easier to write about writing than to actually write? I think every blogger must wonder this at some point.
9. Why is my writing in my head so much better than the writing on the page? Annoying, but true. Usually.
8. How does time seem to fly by when I'm writing well, but yet crawl when I'm struggling to write one decent sentence? Unfair, but true.
7. Do I have too many characters? Too few? Only your plot knows for sure. Or your editor.
6. How did I manage to forget that subplot that I began on page 20 and appears to have vanished without a trace? I refuse to admit if this has actually happened to me.
5. Good grief. How many more editing passes is this manuscript going to need? The answer always seems to be (for me) one more than I originally thought.
4. When will I ever consider myself a success? (on non-JK Rowling-terms)
3. Will anyone really want to buy this book? The question that niggles at the edges of your brain as you near the finish line.
2. Will I ever have another good idea? Not an idea; a good idea. The nightmare of every writer.
1. What happens next? Really. What happens? (Aren't first drafts fun?)
Elspeth Antonelli is an author and playwright. Her twelve murder mystery games and two plays are available through host-party.com. She has also contributed articles to the European writers' magazine Elias. Her blog, It's A Mystery, explores the writing process with a touch of humor. She is on Twitter as @elspethwrites