“Before enlightenment, carry water, chop wood. After enlightenment, carry water, chop wood.”
This little zen saying is a good reminder for life in general, but I think could be especially well applied to the process of writing in hopes of publication. Even after you acquire an agent, or sign with a publisher, or acutally see your book in print, you still have to carry water and chop wood. That is to say, you still have to write. So the point is to enjoy the writing as much as you anticipate enjoying the fame and glory (which is of course your destiny).
This saying also helps me keep perspective about transitions or changes in my life that feel enormous and intimidating. Whatever my job, whether I’m married or single, a home owner or renter, I still have to carry water and chop wood.