My main project at the moment is completing the manuscript for “Dark of the Wood,” an urban fantasy story inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. It sounds weird, but I promise you it works. Anyway, I have a mental timeline for getting this project done and then setting it free into the world of agents and publishers.
January 31: I will have the first draft of the novel completed.
March 31: I will have the second draft of the novel completed (possibly after some beta reading).
May 31: I will have the third and final draft of the novel completed.
June 1: I will begin querying agents (I have my query letter written and polished already).
Forever(?): I will keep querying agents and annoying people and working my butt off to sell this book.
Why? Because I believe in it. I like it. I think it’s funny and dark and well-written and highly marketable. But, more importantly, I have to believe in my work because if I don’t – who else will?
Believe in yourself. Believe in what you’re doing. Work and rewrite and drive yourself crazy and talk to friends and other writers and edit and polish and BELIEVE. The hardest part about writing is just doing the darn work. So if you’re writing – you’re already succeeding.