It's less than four months till I publish my first novel. I've published before but a novel is a totally different kind of ride.

During the writing, my confidence would be strong as the words flowed onto the page. As I approached revision, my feelings would bobble but steady-out after the task.

Reviewers along the way made me confident and less than confident (there were actually three kinds of reviewers--more on that in another post:-)

My copy editor has it now. So far, she likes it but she's a no nonsense person... Wondering where in my internal amusement park I'll be when she hands back the manuscript.

It's been said that courage is not lack of fear but action in spite of fear.

So, is a writer's confidence not lack of a queasy stomach but forging ahead in spite of what the rollercoaster does?

You might enjoy this article about writing confidence and the difference between "Write what you know" and "Know what you write".