by Ursula Renée
It may be hard to see the bright side if your ultimate goal was to be published by the end of the year and all you seem to have for your efforts is a folder overflowing with rejection letters. However, consider the fact you would not have received those letters if you had not submitted your manuscript.
A manuscript can be as precious to an author as a child is to a parent. Authors create stories, and then nurture them until they are ready to go out into the world. But, just like a parent may find it hard to let go of a child, it can be difficult for an author to send out a manuscript. It takes courage to tell yourself that you did the best that you could and then send out your baby, with the hope an editor or agent loves it as much as you do. Therefore, give yourself a pat on the back for your bravery.
The celebration is not limited to those who sent out manuscripts. If you completed the first draft of a novel, you have conquered one of the hardest steps towards getting published. Taking time each day to write demonstrated discipline, which could be hard to maintain with the everyday distractions of family, work, and whatever else life tries to throw your way.
Even if you did not complete a manuscript, consider the things you did to improve your skills. Very few people have the ability to write a bestseller in one draft. Attending a conference, taking a class, and doing research are activities that will make your story shine.
Becoming a published author can be difficult. Taking time to celebrate the little accomplishments can make to process a bit more pleasant.*
Ursula Reneé writes historical romances and thrillers. When she is not writing, she enjoys drawing, photography and stone carving. Visit her at www.ursularenee.com.