But here's what he said that struck me:
"You could be writing the book that changes your life. You could have already submitted it, or self-published it. The spark could be starting a fire for you as well. You don’t know, and you can’t know. That is the thrill of being an artist, of working for yourself, and of telling the stories you want to tell.
Don’t give up. Keep your eyes on the project you’re working on right now, and make it the best that it can be. More importantly, love that process."
I do love the thrill of being an artist and sharing my stories. And some days I do love the process, but more often than not, I slog through it. Reading this little pep talk today reminded me of the joy I've felt when I've finished a story, shared it with a friend, or read a good review.
And that's what I want to keep in the forefront of my mind. I think I'm going to write "Love the Process" on a recipe card and tack it up on the wall where I can see it every day. Somehow, when I read that, I'm reminded of how much I DO love the process.
Focus on the joy. That's what I'm working on.
(You can read the full pep talk by Brandon Sanderson here.)