Michelle Argyle is a mother, artist, and writer who lives in the Rocky Mountains with her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She writes Her first traditionally published novel, Monarch, will be released September 2011 by Rhemalda Publishing . You can find Michelle on her blog, The Innocent Flower.
Your Day Will Come
"If you don't enjoy where you are at now you won't enjoy where you're heading."
A long time ago - and I mean a long time ago - I was sitting in my 6th grade class and squealed with joy when I found out that our huge assignment was to write a book and "publish" it. We would be doing our own artwork and the teacher would bind it for us. I went all out, of course. I still have that book. I love that book. That was when I decided to be a writer forever.
And, well, here I am.
I think it's important to know what we want. I've known what I want for a very long time. Some of you might have known for less time. It doesn't really matter. What matters is that you realize you'll get to your destination when the time is right. In the meantime, you must enjoy the journey.
Why do we write, anyway? If it's just to pump out stories and make money, I suppose the journey doesn't mean much. But for most of us, they journey is everything. There's no feeling quite like typing the last sentence of a book and knowing the work that went into getting to that point - and knowing the work you have yet to do on the book. If you're like me, that's really exciting. All that time to revel in the fun of your story, your words, your project. It truly is amazing.
For everyone who is searching for an agent, don't forget why you're looking in the first place. Try not to get discouraged and understand there are so many factors which go into it. Even after you get an agent, your writing path isn't set. The one thing to remember is that no matter where you are in your publishing career, there won't ever be just One Big Day. More than likely it will be a lot of Big Days and many Smaller Days and lots of Blah Days in between. Rarely are things set in stone, and there can be a lot of comfort in that.
Rejoice in the small success, and there will always be a Big Day around the bend.