As many of you here know, I recently sold my first book, Drift (details here). Unsurprisingly, there’s been happy celebrating at my house, mostly in the form of tasty baked goods. Good occasions call for good treats!
Despite a bounteous number of cookies, my day-to-day is largely the same. I outline. I write. I revise. I critique with my writer’s group. I submit short stories. All those skills and habits I’ve worked so diligently to develop are still used and improved upon.
But I write because I love writing. I love tearing up a first draft into something semi-coherent. I love line-editing and polishing later drafts into smooth prose.
Of course I’m excited for the day my book comes out. I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to tell readers where to find it. More celebratory delights will certainly face the awesome caramelizing power of a 350-degree oven and meet their doom of milk and gnashing teeth shortly thereafter.
But today? Today I’m excited to dive into chapter three of a brand-new manuscript and wrestle out that next plot point. Tomorrow I’ll be excited about chapter four. And sometime down the road, I’ll be excited about streamlining the prose and marching through line edits.
What are you excited about writing today?