Well, you've done it again. You've left an amazing collection of comments worth reading over again. And I know your words of advice and encouragement (and empathy!) aren't ministering to me alone. I imagine you're speaking to an awful lot of I'm-the-same-boat writers.
And while I do thank you, Meg, for the huggles (I'll take those any time!), there really wasn't anguish in my "What are you willing to set aside?" question. It's a hard reality sort of question that we all need to face. And "set aside" doesn't necessarily mean "send to the compost heap." It might, but not necessarily.
My battle plan is--and has been--to shop this YA dystopic with everything in my being. Because this is the "one." I've known it for over two years now.
Yes, I've just written it over the past three months. (Still not at the end...trust me, you'll hear about it!) But the idea was conceived more than two years ago, and I kept pushing it aside. It always had that "this is the one you need to write" feeling. As in, this is the one that's going to launch everything.
Not that I'm pressuring myself or anything. Nah.
But yes, the "setting aside" needs to take place, without angst, without gnashing of teeth. And so it shall.
But not in the complete "setting aside" sense. Because I really am doing that major rewrite on my MG fantasy. I am just that passionate about it.
Why do there have to be other responsibilities in life besides writing?
No, really, that was rhetorical. I promise.
So thank you. And keep writing. I know that sounds so...trite. But you and I know it's not. Because it's when we stop writing that everything comes crashing to a halt--our creativity, our dreams, our business plans, our careers.
Yes. Keep writing. And you can start by sharing some of your Friday Fricassee magic. (Last Friday Fricassee until after vacation! W00T!)