Sometimes it helps to understand that you are not alone in each stage of the journey. Most of us grow through the following stages, although they might not look exactly the same.
Find yourself in the list below. Enjoy the moment you are in and trust that each stage has a purpose.
STAGE ONE Of THE WRITER’S JOURNEY: BEGINNER
I laugh now to look back and see how naive I was about the process. It’s a good thing though. If I truly knew how difficult it was to get published, I might not have been so confident.
Never despise your beginnings because they are part of the journey and each of us has been there.
STAGE TWO OF THE WRITER’S JOURNEY: EMERGENT
During this stage you may have attended your first writing retreat or conference. There are many things that you are still unaware of in regards to submitting a polished manuscript, but you seek new information.
STAGE THREE OF THE WRITER’s JOURNEY: SKILLED
You are learning to pitch your book and may attend a major conference with the intention of getting invitations to submit your work.
Contests are part of your repertoire of learning experiences and you may be finding some success in this area.
STAGE FOUR OF THE WRITER’S JOURNEY: PROFICIENT
You’ve attended conferences and received requests for a full manuscript, but you are still waiting for a publisher to LOVE your writing.
You’ve had to deal with rejection and experienced some success. Waiting is something you have grown accustomed to, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
You are likely agented, or soon will be.
Wednesday we will take a look at the stages and how you can maximize your experiences as you journey to publication.
What is the most difficult thing for you in the stage of the journey you are in?