A novice's advice for relishing the here and now . . .
Novice writers spend a lot of time wishing and hoping on the horizons of tomorrow rather than taking in the sights of today. It's intoxicating to dream of publishers, agents, contracts, and book signings. These visions of grandeur fill in the crevices of the work day like a gooey chocolate frosting on a flaky pastry. Sweet dreams are made of these, huh?!
Daydreaming has always been a favorite past time of mine, ask any one of my teachers. They'd probably say I've got a PhD in whiling away the day. Yet, there is something to be said for staying grounded in the present.
When I was a teenager, I yearned to be older. I can remember waiting and waiting for those milestone birthdays to arrive. As soon as I turned fourteen, I couldn't wait to turn sixteen. It was a vicious circle of never being satisfied. Ha! Now, I've no curfew to beat, I wear what I want, I can knock back a beer without fear of "The Fuzz" carding me, and I've been married almost 9yrs and have two kids!
In hindsight, I should have listened to all the older folks in my life when they told me to not wish my youth away. If I would have known that adult life wasn't nearly as exciting as childhood, I think I would have been a little more reluctant to say adios to the good ole days!
As much as I adore the thought writing "The End", polishing my MS, and casting a line out into the sea of publishing, I really want to make sure I savor the flavor of the learning curve. I don't want miss a thing. I have a goal to finish In Pursuit of Love this year and I think it will be a bittersweet moment. Bradford and Melanie's story will always hold a special place in my heart because it was my first MS. Ha! And don't we all remember our firsts! LOL
Moral of the story? Take time to appreciate every single writing milestone. Whether you're pounding away at the keys to finish your first MS, crying over a rejection, or promoting you're booty off for book number seven . . . enjoy it! Relish your achievements! Time is fleeting and fickle. All we have is the here and now.
For all you authors out there, do you remember what it felt like the first time you wrote those tow glorious words? Did you celebrate? Does it feel the same when writing "The End" for the fifth time or maybe even the twentieth?
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