Okay, fast meeting today! I have like 30 mins before I have to go see Dino Boy in his preschool Halloween parade. After that I have pies to bake for a party tonight and costumes to finalize. You know, life.
So here's the thing: Life did not go according to plan this week. Boy, did it not go according to plan. Remember my goal of finishing this revision by mid-November? Ha. I laugh at my ambition. It's so not happening.
I got nothing done this week. Okay, I rewrote a page. Woot.
Do I feel guilty? Is it frustrating that I will definitely NOT finish revisions in two weeks? NO.
A year or so ago, I would have felt that way, but you know what? I'm so over it. Writing and publishing rarely ever go according to plan or schedule. There is so much unpredictability written into the process that sometimes you just can't know for sure when things will get done or when stuff will happen.
This is okay. This is how publishing goes. Chill out.
It kills me when I see people who have goals like "I will have an agent by 2011" or "I will have a deal by 2012." You are setting yourself up for disappointment! Sure, it could happen, but what if it doesn't? Well, you feel like crap for no reason, that's what.
I know because I used to do that. "I want an agent by the time I turn 25" was one of mine. Well, when I turned 25, I was pretty depressed that I didn't make it happen. Which is down right silly because so much of it was out of my control! (And I did manage to snag an agent that year, so the self-deprecation I put myself through was seriously unnecessary.)
It's so easy to feel like time is running out. That books will somehow disappear and no one will ever read stories again. It's so easy to feel like you have to get out there NOW. That you are missing your chance. Blah blah blah.
Stuff happens. Sometimes it's really sucky stuff. But that in no way devalues your work or you as a writer. You'll get back on track. You'll figure it out. Just go with the flow and try to enjoy the ride.