The other day I had a neighbor call me asking about writing advice. Apparently she's been keeping a series of picture books to herself and wondering how on earth to get them published. I proceeded to explain to her about agents, small presses, self-publishing, and Query letters.
When we hung up, I laughed to myself thinking about what a strange breed we writers are. I'm sure my neighbor's head was spinning. The next day I sent her 20 billion websites to look up in hopes of helping her further. It hit me then how much work this writing thing really is.
It's not like I haven't had this revelation before, but this time it really stuck with me. I wrote a picture book once (ages ago) thinking it would be no big thing. I let one person read it before I realized that it was a big thing.
A lot of you reading this have pushed on even though you know what it takes to get a book published. I spend time every single day doing something writing related. My husband once related it to a high powered corporate position with no pay, and I couldn't help but agree.
Does this mean I'm going to let the dream die? Never! Writing is about so much more than just getting published, it's about improving myself as a person and living my life knowing I tried to make something of it.
There's a power to following your dreams, whether or not you succeed.