From the beginning of my writerly journey, until now, I still go through it.
I'm so excited about my novel, Imperfect Chemistry, that I plan on publishing later this year, but it's not quite ready yet. There's still a bit of editing I need to do, and I still have more beta readers waiting in the wings to read and comment after I input the changes and additions from the beta's who've read it so far.
What's difficult is WAITING TO PUSH THAT BUTTON.
You know what I mean? I pushed the button way to early when I first started writing. I queried my first novel before it was ready, but really I queried that novel before I was ready. I just didn't know it at the time.
But please, learn from my mistakes. And never, ever, EVER query after drinking. I don't quite remember exactly (because I think I repressed the memory, it was so embarrassing), in one of my early query letters, I waxed on and on about how I pull at my eyebrows when I'm nervous. Right. Don't do it! Bad decision!
But it's so hard to wait sometimes! I just get...anxious! I want to do it now! I want to feel the excitement and trepidation of seeing it OUT THERE for public consumption! But it's not ready yet, and I know that.
Even the most recent draft of Imperfect Chemistry wasn't quite ready for my first line beta readers. I went through it last week and there were TYPOS still! What!? But I wanted feedback before I continued to edit, just in case my betas would find any glaring problems or inconsistencies that I was too close to see, and I didn't want to keep editing something I would cut or change later.
It's hard though. Waiting.
Listen to Zooey. Think before you click. Buttons aren't toys!