Today I want to talk to the unpublished writers out there who are busting your butts to get THE CALL.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Enjoy where you are on the way to where you’re going?” This rang true earlier this week after I talked to a couple of published friends.
I spoke with one writer friend who is in the middle of edits for one book and also finishing another book contracted for later this year. On top of deadlines bearing down on her, there are also things going on in her personal life that add to her already overwhelming pile of stress. She was virtually on the edge of tears, doing everything in her power to hold it together.
Later the same day I spoke with another published friend who was dealing with some similar pressures. She had just turned in edits for one book; had edits on another manuscript due and writing another book all at the same time. Plus, she was guest blogging all over the place doing PR for her latest release. She said to me once, “I never thought it would be this much work for so little return. “ In fact, she was questioning her entire future of writing.
Wow, right? The first thought that came to me was—these two women were WRITING FOR REAL.
Please don’t think I’m being condescending. In fact there may be a few feathers ruffling right now, people saying “Lori, how dare you insinuate I’m not WRITING FOR REAL. I turn in twenty queries a week. I’m bellowing out a thousand words a day and holding down a full time job.”
Yes, of course you’re working hard and doing everything in your power to get published, BUT, if your husband surprises you with a weekend in the mountains, you can set your writing aside and go. If you get the flu and you don’t feel like getting out of bed for a week, you can stay under the quilts. You can set the queries and the thousand words aside until you feel better.
Published authors don’t always have that luxury. They’re under deadlines.
After talking to my friends and seeing what they were going through, I decided right then and there to enjoy every step of my journey to publication. I’m going to be grateful for being able to write when I want. I will appreciate the freedom to write when my creative juices are flowing and not having to write when my world is falling apart.
Don’t get me wrong, this is in no way an excuse to slack off or not meet my personal deadlines. But for me it’s a personal decision to stop being jealous of published writers. I’m going to stop thinking so much about the future and when I’ll get published. It’s a time for me to take pleasure in being the writer I am today.
I guess the moral of my story is this: “Enjoy where you are on the way to where you’re going.” Take a deep breath and smell the literary latte, before you too, will be WRITING FOR REAL.
Remember to Dream Big!