"There is no rushing a river. When you go there, you go at the pace of the water and that pace ties you into a flow that is older than life on this planet. Acceptance of that pace, even for a day, changes us, reminds us of other rhythms beyond the sound of our own heartbeats."
~ Jeff Rennicke, River Days: Travels on Western Rivers
This quote taught me something: a writer's journey is a river. Re-read the quote. I'll wait.
Done? Now, do you see what I mean?
There is no rushing a book or querying or editing or publishing or sales or the next book or its sales . . .We have to go at the pace of the process and the people who are part of that process.Acceptance of that pace--real, internal acceptance of and peace with that pace--prevents the "beat-head-against-wall-crying-why-why-why" moments and lets us focus comfortably on other things in our life, other rhythms.
Writing is a whitewater raft ride down a major river - hold on tight!!