So how am I feeling? I'm super excited and thrilled that I've made it over the incredibly high hurdle of finding an agent. But now that I'm on the other side of that hurdle, I'm looking ahead at this new path with both excitement and trepidation.
Ahead I see shadows of things I don't understand. The path slopes upward with steep heights and crags that I've yet to climb.
So far in my writing journey the path has been a steady uphill climb. I've plodded forward one step at a time. I've strengthened my muscles, built my stamina, developed my callouses. I've written at least five books that will never see the light of day, filled notebooks with research, queried numerous agents, received countless rejections, waited in slush piles for endless months, slaved over contest entries, paid for professional editing.
I'm ready for the next phase of the journey. And yet. . .
I wonder, do I really have what it takes? Will I have the time to devote to the demands of this climb? Will my stories really be good enough? Can I persevere for the long haul? Because there's no turning back now.
When I'm plagued with self-doubts, first I tell myself there are many who've already gone before me. If they can do it, why can't I? And second, I remind myself I'm not alone in this journey. I have an excellent agent to guide my steps, I have the encouragement and support of all of you, and most importantly I have One who walks beside me and promises never to leave my side.
Where are you in your writing journey? And how are you feeling about where you're at? Since I've poured out my heart, I would love to hear what's in yours!