I came across this beautifully done little quote on my Tumblr the other day, and, man, do I want to just have it painted on the wall across from where I sit when I work so that I can constantly remind myself that, yes, someday, all of this hard work will pay off.
The writing world is a strange one; all too often, it feels like we’re just treading water. A new book comes out, and there’s a little spike in sales, but then things get quiet again, which makes the journey a long, slow one for those of us who are slower writers. Even when we get a success, such as my recent acceptance into Potter’s Field Six, there’s this long pause, usually, between that initial excitement and the actual publication. It kills the buzz a bit when you have to wait four months to finally see it in print (which is why I like to publish the World Unknown Review within a few months of sending out acceptance letters). I understand it takes time to edit and put things together and wait for responses from authors, but, man. I just got an acceptance, but already the buzz has died down. I need another acceptance to hold me over until October!
But that’s the thing with writing. It isn’t for those who demand instant gratification. It is a slow, steady climb up a hill, with a few beautiful scenic spots along the way, and, once you reach the top, the breathtaking view makes every single step, stumble, and distraction o the way entirely worth it. Do we ever reach that summit, though, that peak of ultimate success? Perhaps not. Perhaps we think we do, only to turn around to discover there’s another mountain behind us, with an even loftier goal.
One day, all this hard work will pay off, and here’s to hoping it’s only fuel for the fire to help energize me to pursue even harder work after that.