The question comes from the amazing, Sarah – a friend and inspiration:
What has been the most unexpected part of your writing journey up to this point? What has happened that you could never have predicted? Has it been a help or a hindrance?
This is great question. Like most writers, the query process has raked me over the coals more times than I’d care to admit. And, like most writers, the “luck” aspect of this business has also thrown me for a loop too many times to name.
As has the envy and angst – two qualities I hate admitting are alive and well within me at times.
So many things I didn’t expect when starting down this road.
All of that aside, there is still something else even more surprising to me. Something I never ever could have predicted and something that has turned out to be one of the single best things in my life.
Yep, I had no idea what amazing friends I would find in this business.
I’ve been in other creative-type businesses. The fashion industry (both as a model and as a buyer), for one. Two words come to mind with that business …. CUT THROAT!!!
Sure, I’m certain some of that exists in our business too. But really, everyone I have been blessed enough to develop relationships with have proven to be some of the closest, dearest, most inspirational and special friends EV.ER
There is this comradery and support that permeates everything in this business – an underlying understanding of how hard this business can be on one’s confidence and emotions. I can honestly say, I would have quit a thousand times over were it not for the amazing people I have found through this community.