The Writing from the Publishing

Friends frequently ask me how things are going with my book.  I do like to share my writing world with them, but most of the time I don’t have any terribly exciting news to share.   Even if I try to make it sound exciting: “Holy shit!  I really edited the crap out of chapter 7 yesterday!”  I suppose what they’re really asking is “How’s the publishing going?”  There’s usually a lot less to share on that front.  Last week I turned in a revised version of my ms to my agent for her review.  I’m hoping this is the last draft before we submit to editors in the new year.  Since then I’ve taken a little break from writing, which has actually felt quite good.  I was really pushing to finish the draft by Thanksgiving and it feels nice to have a little break.  As much as I love my writing life, I don’t love it as much under a deadline; even a self-imposed one.

I have been really looking forward to going back to my new project.  And I will.  Hopefully with some renewed energy and excitement.  In the mean time, here’s a really good post about separating your writing life and your publishing goals that summarizes a lot of what I was trying to convey above.  Enjoy!