When I first embarked on this writing journey, I really had no idea what to expect, in a lot of ways. I knew that I'd learn a lot about what it takes to write a novel and endless new information about the publishing world. Because when I started, I knew very little.
And those things are true. I'm far more knowledgeable now about self-publishing vs traditional. Knowing what genre you're writing and how your book fits into that category is very important. Writing a first draft is hard, but the real work comes with editing and revising.
But what I didn't expect to learn were things about myself. Like I'm not as patient as I thought I was. How I went years without writing, but since I started, I can't stop. The days I don't write are not as full as the ones I do. I have an innate determination to play the long game and continually push through rejection, refusing to give up until I reach my goal.
Another surprise in this journey, has been the reactions of those around me. I have been absolutely humbled by the support I have received from family, friends, and even those I didn't realize were following along so closely. People have excitedly offered to read my books, and share feedback when finished. Others answer completely random questions I have in expertise only they could share in my story. Friends have reached out, seemingly out of nowhere to offer support and encouragement. Some let me cry over rejection, then bolster me right back up. I have been told the world needs my stories and that my determination is inspiring.
I'm the one who sits in the chair and physically does the writing, pouring my heart onto the page. But this is not a journey I am taking alone. So many are walking beside me, keeping me moving forward when I stumble or fall.
This journey has still barely begun. And in many ways is starting over from scratch as my agent and I begin to edit my newest book to try it's hand at submission, crossing fingers it has more luck than the others. But I know I don't do this alone. And that makes all the difference.