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I have a secret project. Like, really secret. After finishing the big rewrite of Transparent, I kept waffling between a few projects, but I finally picked one. I decided not to tell anyone what I picked—and I mean no one. Not even my usual alpha readers know. (Unless, of course, Nick peeked...in which case he might be in trouble.)
It's kind of liberating having a secret project, writing this book just for myself, not worrying about who will see it and if they'll think it sucks. Right now I think it's just what I need—I have enough projects heaped with pressure.
And I love Sekrit Project (at least when I'm not completely intimidated by it). I'm just happy to be having fun right now. I'll admit it's been a long time since I've had some plain ol' fun with writing!
I think sometimes we take all this publishing stuff too seriously. At least I fall into that trap a lot. But lately I just want to scream " Just CHILL OUT, guys!"
I know the process is maddening. I know querying is tough and submission is even harder. I know how unfair it all is and how impossible it seems at times. I know how bad you want it and how much it hurts not to know when or if it'll happen.
I know because I've been there. For a while, even.
But like the nomads in Avatar said, "You need to focus more on the going, and less on the destination." (Oh my gosh I love that episode!) It's totally lame and true. "Are we there yet?" never makes the journey go faster, and it only annoys the crap out of you and everyone else along the way.
So basically I'm trying to be a writing nomad right now, and it's pretty nice, I must say. Write when I want, however much I want, because no one is going to see it and there's no deadline or expectations. Sigh. It's awesome.