I had a dream last night that I was in a car racing uncontrollably backwards. My feet couldn't find the brakes and the steering wheel was missing.
Sometimes our writing careers feel like that moment in the car--rushing in reverse. No matter how many queries or submissions we send out--they all come back.
On Monday, I asked everyone who reads this blog to write down a goal for the week.I did too. Do you want to know why? So that when we feel like we are going in the wrong direction, we have a marker that tells us clearly we aren't.
I met my goal this week--I compiled and sent out a query to an agent. I can place a big check mark next to it-DONE! I really did move forward in this maze called the road to getting a book published.
Now I might have to drive that same road again next week--but I will be more familiar with it and more confident--there will be landmarks I'll recognize despite a few more potholes. But with a little perseverance, I might very well turn the corner and discover that great big blue ocean at the top of my page or one of Joanne's cute cafes. (If you haven't seen her pictures--check out Whole Latte Life.)
On any trip, there will always be those unexpected flat tires, gas fill ups and roadside rests. So it is with the writer's road. I've driven an interesting one this week--how about you?