Amanda wants to know:
What do you do to keep yourself motivated when you feel like you're not making any progress in your writing career?
Heck, I almost don't know where to begin. This past year has been all about my writing career. My first book is hitting shelves in a matter of days. But I always worry what if it tanks? What if I only had one good book in me? What if, what if, what if? And the publishing industry is such a slow snail, that even making progress can feel like you're standing still.
But the one thing that keeps me going, that keeps my butt in the chair, is that I love doing it. Writing is the best medicine for me. It is its own best reward. Yes, I want to work toward a point where I can sustain myself on my writing alone. But I know that's going to take time an patience. Until then, I simply content myself with the knowledge that I love doing this stuff. I love the thrill of a new idea. I love waking up in the middle of the night with a way to fix something in my manuscript. I love seeing little notes from my agent about a particular line he liked.
A lesson I'm learning the hard way is that every setback in this business is an opportunity. Every stall out is a chance to take stock and check out the scenery. We shouldn't look at it as not making progress, we should look at these times as a chance to catch our breath and soak in the world around us.
Hey! So if you missed, go check out Michelle's brilliant post and then tomorrow head over to see what fantastic advice Abby has for keeping motivated.