He said, "When I'm sitting where you are, then it will be awesome."
I told him he was wrong. Yes, it is awesome to have your book published. It is great to be able to go out and do signings and stuff. But finishing a novel at all is one awesome achievement! Heck, starting a novel at all is one awesome achievement!
So, published or not, be sure to give yourself credit for what you have accomplished.
Yesterday, I finished my third novel, Shattered Skies. I know there is more work ahead with revisions and such, but the story is out of my head and onto paper, and that feels absolutely wonderful! I think I get more satisfaction from finishing a project than from anything else I do. I'm going to reward myself with a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory caramel apple. Mmmmm. Heavenly!
I think no matter what happens with the book after this, the fact that I wrote it, I finished it, is something I can always be proud of.
Where do you find your greatest satisfaction from writing? (Not counting getting published.)