I'm on submission. My book is being read by some very big publishing companies. It's definitely a rush, but it's also pretty stressful, and the free-floating anxiety surrounding the process makes me less inclined to dive into any creative writing projects.
When I'm not in Production Mode, you can bet I'm in one of two other states: Consumption Mode or Socializing Mode. In other words, when I don't feel like writing, I'm either reading good books/reading about writing OR I'm trying to connect with and engage other writers.
Production Mode is pretty all-consuming and usually eclipses all else when it's going on, so when it's not on the table I have time to do an awful lot of the other two. Lately I've been really craving connection with other writers, and that's part of the reason I started this blog; it seems like a good vehicle for getting in touch with others while still allowing me some semblance of Production Mode (even though it doesn't involve writing fiction). But I've also really been wanting to meet other writers locally, and today I got to do that a little bit.
I was over at SCBWI the other day and I noticed a local YA writer named Taylor trying to get a group together, so I e-mailed her and we set a date. Another YA writer was supposed to be included, but she never confirmed, so Taylor wasn't that surprised when she didn't show. We hung out in a Barnes & Noble and got to know each other, and it was a really good time--very refreshing, too, to find a young writer who's ambitious and has her head in the right place. I really enjoyed chatting with her, learning about her experiences, talking about writing and editing processes, discussing our dreams, and talking an awful lot about books we love and books we don't so much love. (Yes, we discussed The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter. Why, oh why, did we not have all day to ramble about stuff?)
I'm looking forward to more chats with Taylor, as well as hopefully getting myself some more friends who write. It really helps take the edge off a little bit while I wait for book news. And then, once it happens for me, I'll have people around who not only want to celebrate with me but also truly understand what it means to chase this dream and get there.