Another kickoff into Monday's Perk Project! (check out Suzanne Young's blog and Robin Mellom's blog for more perky posts tomorrow!)
We all want the perfect scenario when we write a book
write a book
in 3 months
submit to agents
all want fulls
get many offers
choose our #1 agent
submit to houses
with no revisions
book goes to auction
publishers fight over our book
finally get a 6 figure
and a series
with movie coming out
packed book signings
bestselling, award winning author
and all the kids think we're cool.
Wait, am I the only one?
Some of you may have seen this already video, but I thought it was perfect for my post today.
Don't we all see the book process like this?
But we all know this is a long shot.
It is a dream
But we go for the dream because it makes living so much better.
In reality, we all know that writing is a tough process. That publishing is an uphill battle.
But isn't it better than giving up?
I think we write better and are happier writers if we stay focused on enjoying the writing process. The joy of typing and hearing the keys of our computer clicking. The joy of getting into the book and feeling your heart channel something bigger. The feeling of finishing. The anticipation of submitting. The joy of getting requests and even personal rejections.
This bizarre thing we have all chosen is so worth the climb. (can you tell the Miley Cyrus song is still on the brain?)
The climb to possibility. The climb away from a lesser self.
The ascending passion in our hearts.
And as we hike up this mountain, we need to remember to smell the flowers, enjoy our surroundings, make friends, breathe, and appreciate the fact that we have found our passion.
And someday, when we reach the top - after struggling over rough terrain and through crappy weather - we may realize the view is just as beautiful from below and above - its just different.
Writing is not easy and the journey can be hard and frustrating and sometimes feel completely impossible.
But I wouldn't want to be doing anything else.