Today is a good day: a cheque in the post for a letter that Reader's Digest published- the second one. Such tiny achievements must seem risible to writers who have got their career going, but right now, they mean the world to me.
I must start a a scrapbook with my first two 'published' letters, and my competition near-miss. What encouragement to carry on firing out small pieces of writing over the next few difficult weeks, even though I can't wrestle with the big love!
I see now why one of the 11 tips to be a writer on my whiteboard is 'Get anything published: Create a career.' I wish I could remember whose tips they were! One of the first helpful books I read, no doubt.