This came in the mail yesterday:
(My name is blurred because, frankly, I say so.)
And it hit me then: I'm really doing this. I'm really, really going to try to be a writer.
I'm not sure why it didn't hit me, uhm:
1. When actually writing my MS
2. The first gajillion edits
3. When sending the MS to my betas
4. Writing my query letter, writing my pitch line...
5. While glaring like a crazy woman at the person standing over me in the B&N cafe during my last heavy edit binge
6. When paying for my SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) membership and winter conference fee.
But, it didn't. This, in a way, makes it feel "official", as if I've really committed to this endeavour. I'm going to start querying this month-- assuming nothing huge comes out of Beta Draft 2-- and I'm sure a few rejections will make it feel even more real *insert winking emoticon here, if you're into emoticons.* I think it's the "officialness" of a society... maybe all of the advice and support that they offer?
That was my "full committment" moment. What made YOU say, "OMG, I'm actually doing this?"
*Yes, I have revision control on my drafts. Beta Draft 2 follows Beta Draft 1, my Rough Drafts 1-4, and will hopefully be followed by Query Draft 1. I am SUCH an engineer.