I spent this entire past weekend working on the first draft of my query. And I do mean the entire weekend. I actually finished it, and fully rewrote it 9 times.
I'm definitely going to re-write it at least 20 more times before it's ready. And the thing is... this is just ONE page... what am I going to do at the end of this week when I reopen my MS and discover I need to edit and rewrite 368 pages???
You know... it's a nerve wracking thought, but regardless, I'm still looking forward to it.
Because it's moving me closer to one of my major goals... not the one of being published (although that is at the top of the list).
No, it's being able to stand back, and take a good look at what I've created and say... I DID IT.
And it won't be the first time I've been able to claim those words... I've done it at each milestone along the way... to remind myself of how far I've come, and how worthwhile the journey has been.
To remind myself that THIS is why I keep going even when it seems like there's no end in sight.
Each step in this process, as scary as they may seem, they're all taking us somewhere.
No matter which one you're at, whether it's finishing your novel or your query, opening that word document and writing that first page, emailing that agent for the first or hundredth time, DECIDING you want to be writer--even though you've never even written a short story... these are significant accomplishments, and we should be proud :)
Which step of this wonderful process are you currently at? What's next? When have you recently said, "Wow... I DID IT"?