My youngest daughter made the above plaque for me after she listened to me share some recent book world publishing statistics. She must have seen my resolve sag, thus this sweet little reminder.
In a brief nutshell there are some book sites that estimate there are 1,500 new books published every day. One agent blog that I read recently stated that they read 10,000 novel query letters in 2010 from wanna-be’s—and didn’t take on one single manuscript from that pile. But enough of this—
The above two words belong to you as much as they do me.
Whatever it is you have to, want to, need to do—own these two words.
If you’re working on a novel, know that all you have to do is work on it today—or tonight. But you can work on it.
Maybe you want to see if you can get through this day without that drink, or that cigarette, or whatever your trapping devil is. You can work on that today.
The need for sugar and sweets is strong during this cold winter, but you can try for this one day without an overload of it.
You can get on your treadmill or exercise bike today.
You can apologize for shooting your mouth off to your spouse or office mates.
You can set food out for some stray cats. Hells bells, feed the deer, too!
You can donate some food to the local food bank.
You can save that $20.00 bill instead of buying another batch of lottery tickets.
You can plan your garden already.
You can call your mother just to check on her.
This is just today.