It inspires me that books written decades, centuries, lifetimes ago can continue to speak to readers today. That notion is what compels those of us who write to press onward.
It tempers the criticism our work inevitably receives.
It encourages us to persevere in the face of rejection.
It motivates us to complete what we start -- even though we may be the only ones currently clamoring to know What Happens Next.
It's the green light at the end of a dock, winking across the waters, teasing us with the possibilities.
It's the feeling of disappearing entirely into the world we create in the hopes of making that world real for someone else.
One of my Christmas wishes is for every writer struggling to break into print to experience the thrill of acceptance. But remember -- whether that particular wish comes true for you this year, I still believe that the thrill of creation far outweighs the joy of publication... At least in this writer's book.
And so my larger wish is for every writer to discover anew the passion that fuels the art -- and find the time to indulge it!
Editor and literary agent's intern Cassandra Marshall wants to know: What do you want for Christmas? Telling her (and providing a link to the object of your desire) could win you a nifty stocking stuffer: a FREE EDIT of a FULL MANUSCRIPT! How's that for a wish come true!
What's your wish? Comment below, and we'll dream together!