I’ve been blogging about writing these past few months. When spring comes, my writing focus will naturally morph to the outdoor activities I love, gardening, hiking with my husband and dogs, and, of course, riding Dusty (my horse). But this long, cold winter has given me ample time to write and reflect on the process, so I’m going to share what’s been niggling my brain this week — getting published!
The road to publication is a long and arduous one, filled with many obstacles, the most notable being the dreary headlines about how little money authors can expect to earn. Long story short: this is not a job for the faint of heart! So I’ve made a personal pact — I am going to enjoy the process of writing more and worry less about the outcome. I’m not going to think twice about if and when I will see my darlings published; I am not going to worry that the population in general is going to stop reading; I am not going to stress about the current state of the publishing industry. Everyday I am going to remind myself that I write because I love it. I love escaping into the world my characters inhabit. I love seeing the events of history through my protagonist’s eyes. There’s no greater sense of accomplishment than typing THE END with the knowledge that I’ve given my all to a story out of respect for those who — hopefully — will read it. That’s why I write. Everything else is gravy.