At church this week our pastor challenged us to consider the obstacles blocking our way and to deliberately choose faith and hope instead of the obstacles. It was a good wake-up call for me. I have spent a lot of time thinking up reasons why my writing will not be publishable. That's a waste of time for 2 reasons: It distracts me from the work of writing. And there are plenty of people, in the form of editors and agents, who will figure those reasons out for me.
So the sermon reminded me to keep my focus: what is my reason for writing? Why this book, why now? Why should my book be given a chance to live and breathe outside the confines of my computer and home? My book needs a champion: me. Anne Lamott beautifully calls it like it is: Don't listen to radio KFKD, she says (in Bird by Bird), and she's right. I'm turning the station off and focusing on the work.