You’ve labored and sweated. You’ve worked so hard. You’ve lost sleep, lost meals (and maybe days of your life) in the process. You’ve finally completed what you said you were going to do. You have written that book or article or screenplay, but what now?

Now, you have to actually send it off to someone else. 

You have to let go of your writing and hope someone else likes it enough to publish it or at least tell you how you can improve it. You wait and wait and wait. No response. You squelch the desire to call or email to ask if they have considered your work yet.  

Then, as you know, too well, you receive the news back. Sometimes it’s yes. More times it’s no or not now or not without revisions.

You’re crushed or at least humbled. 

And yet, you do it all again.