a milestone worth celebrating?
I’m happy to announce that I finished my 2nd Novel today. Yay!
maybe, kinda, sorta
I say yay, but in truth it feels like an anti-climax. Not sure why? Perhaps it’s just the nature of being an unpublished and un-agented writer. Or perhaps it’s because I don’t belong to a writing group who can share in the highs and lows of writing milestones. Or perhaps it’s because I have to keep the contents a secret. Or perhaps I have moved past those heady days where writing was but a dream. Yes, I think it might be the latter. You see, I no longer think of writing as a dream. The way I see it, the more I write and create the more it becomes an actual vocation that requires long-term commitment and dedication.
write, baby, write
Anti-climax aside, I know beyond certainty that writing is my purpose and vocation. The major lesson I’ve learnt from writing these 2 novels is that recognition and publication is a bonus. Don’t get me wrong, I want my words to meet the world and rest in the palms of a larger audience, but that sense of desperation and impatience that accompanied me 4 years ago (when my writing lived in the dream realm) has been replaced with an indomitable sense of faith that all will work out eventually. And until then I am perfectly content to keep creating. Like I’ve said before, a writer’s ultimate job is to write and build a portfolio.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
~ Abraham Lincoln
So, while all is quiet on the Publishing and Agent Front, I will keep my head down and bum up, because preparation is half the struggle, right?
I’m 20k words into my 3rd novel, and I have 2 novels out on submission. Worthy milestones to celebrate, for sure.