I admit it. One of the big reasons I'm going to breathe a sigh of relief when I hear that I've been offered a book contract is that I will finally feel justified.
When and if that day comes, I will know that all the countless hours I've put into this thing called writing, have been worth it. On a personal level, I will feel validated. As a wife and mother who is often distracted from the tasks at hand because I need to go write, I'll know I wasn't ignoring all that laundry, cooking and washing up in vain.
(No children, husbands or animals were harmed during the making of this writer)
How about you? If you are like me, not yet published and wondering if you're really crazy enough to keep going, do you feel the same way? If you have been published, how did you feel? Did you get that sense of, "Ah, finally, they can all take me seriously!" and breathe silent thanks that all the work has paid off?
I've been fortunate enough to have a great support system with my writing, but there are times when I feel like it's still just a hobby, because I have nothing to show for it. I know that's just my own insecurities, but I keep going nonetheless.
So what are you envisioning feeling when you finally get word that you have sold a book?
Let's talk about it.