I noticed a really interesting phenomenon when people I know IRL heard/saw I got a book deal: they were, by far, more impressed that I’d written a book from start to finish than the fact that I’d also gotten an agent and sold the thing.
In my head, I was all, “Wait. Seriously? Of course I wrote a book. All my writer friends have written books. That’s not the hard part of this. It’s the must-happen part. The rest is the stuff not everyone does. How is that not what you’re focusing on?”
But surprise, they’re right. Because while at this point, I’ve taken the whole “writing a book” thing for granted, and I suspect a lot of other people reading this have too, the fact is
HOLY CRAP. WE HAVE WRITTEN ENTIRE BOOKS FROM START TO FINISH.
This is an amazing thing. I know we don’t really get…
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