Yesterday in spin class, I had a revelation: spinning is a lot like the path to publication. Both activities require a commitment to continuing to work hard even when you're not sure you're going anywhere.
In spinning, I pedal, I sweat, I check the clock wondering when class will be over. I look at other people in the class and wonder how they are pushing the pedals so much faster than I am. I know I'm doing something that supports my fitness journey...even though I'm staying in place.
Trying to get published as a children's picture book author feels similar. I work hard. I sweat, even though my perspiration is more mental than physical. I get distracted. I become jealous when I hear that other writers are getting agents, getting published, getting further along their own personal paths to publication. As in spinning, I try to use that envy to push myself harder rather than giving up.
Sometimes, I do wonder if I'm really making progress on my path to publication. But, as with spinning, I tell myself that I'm doing the right things: improving my craft, connecting with the kidlit community; researching agents, and most importantly, writing...and eventually it will pay off.
So here's to continuing to push both the bike pedals and the computer keys!