The Long Haul
Some days, publishing can feel like an endless void, and it's hard to keep perspective of all the little victories that go into a project.
So, it was fitting this memory popped in my feed today.
One year ago, my first short story was published by Zimbell House. This was my launch pad, my toe-dip, so to speak, and I've pushed myself to focus on my writing goals.
Since then, I've published three more short stories, been featured on the amazing NoSleep Podcast, signed with a wonderful agent, and written four complete manuscripts. FOUR. This is after years of post-grad school writer's drought.
I don't make daily word count goals, I just try to write something everyday. 200 or 2000, it doesn't matter. The story will come out as long as I push forward.
Twitter has been invaluable to me the last few months. If you haven't checked out the #writingcommunity, I highly suggest you do so. Get a handle and dive into the hashtag. It's full of amazing indie authors, recommendations, and support.
In my long-winded way, what I'm trying to say is keep working hard. Keep pushing. Keep writing. It's much easier to maintain a level of sanity and patience with a project in front of you and the writing community on Twitter to distract you with memes when you need a break.