I'm not going to lie - I want to be published. Sure, I write because I love it. Isn't that why all writers write? (Because chances are we're not going to get rich by it). Anyways, I've been focused on finishing my WIP and jumping into the madness of Query-land and let me tell you it's stressful. I've been putting too much pressure on myself. Not a good thing.
And then I had an epiphany. Why am I doing this to myself? Shouldn't I enjoy this part of the writing journey? So here's my list of why I should be thankful I don't have a published book.
1. No pesky agent or editor breathing down my neck. That's right, I answer to no one right now. I mean, having one of those is almost like having another boss! *shudders*
2. No pesky agent or editor means I have all the time in the world to work on my WIP! I can finish it in a few months if I want, or I can take a few years. It's up to me. (Alright, I admit the second does involve lots of procrastination).
3. No deadlines!
4. No bad reviews!
5. I have the freedom to write what I want, when I want! Nobody can tell me I can't write a YA Vampire/Angel/Werewolf love story! (Complete with SPARKLES!)
6. I can abuse ! and ( ) to my heart's content!
7. And.....I'm drawing a blank! Give me a number 7! What's a good reason to be thankful for not having a book deal (yet)?