From Carrie Butler at So, You're a Writer:
"Hey, guys! To celebrate my third blogiversary (coming up in May), I want to do something different—something to pay it forward—but I need your help. It involves a blogfest, new writers, and pretend time travel.
I want to compile a free e-book for writers who are just starting on their road to publication, using advice from the most brilliant, up-and-coming voices in the industry: you guys!
THE PROMPT:Please write a letter/note to yourself when you first started writing toward publication."
Dear 2010 Heather,
You should have taken up scrap booking.
You started this blog in May of 2010 right after you sent your first manuscript off to an agent.
You needed an outlet, a place to talk, vent and rant about your publishing journey.
You named the blog, The Waiting is the Hardest Part and you said, and I quote, "If I had known how hard it was going to be to get a story out of my head, on to the paper and out to the world, I may have taken up scrap booking instead."
I suppose there's still time.
Okay, maybe I'm being too hard on you, but you've had a rough few years. This is a pretty tough business to try and break into and you really only did it on a whim.
You never dreamed of being published.
The problem is, you do get published. Not that first manuscript, that one sucked, but a second story. The beginning of a series.
For a brief shining moment, you are freakin' awesome.
But, the moment crashes and burns and you find yourself back to square one.
You can blame yourself from now until the cows come home, but you didn't make the small publisher close its doors and refuse to answer emails and not send out royalty checks.
But, this is where you're going to have to dig deep. You're going to have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and start kicking some major butt.
Because, now that you've had a taste of that fame, you want more. You want more five-star reviews. You want more emails with praise and compliments.
You want more people asking for autographs and about your next book. You want more fans. You want more people asking for you to speak at their book discussion group.
And, that's not going to come easy. It's never going to get any easier. Nothing worth having comes easy. It's always going to be hard.
You made it this far.
Don't give up. Don't give in.
Keep writing. Keep improving.
Keep moving forward.
p.s. When the Gnome shows up don't question it. Just go with it.
p.p.s. Buy The Emotion Thesaurus. You can't write without it.
Heather M. Gardner, author of The Maguire's Corner series
"I give permission for my entry to be included in the e-book compilation without royalties and/or separate compensation."