The first step to recovering from a slide into depression, or so my therapy has told me over time…
Is to change behavior, if you can.
I can’t do anything about the loss of our home, that’s just a wound I have to bear.
I CAN do something about how badly querying is affecting me.
I’m done sending queries. I can feel myself lifting up with the realization that IF I ever write another query letter, it’ll be because I’ve written another book and pitched it during a contest.
IF I choose to do that.
My spirits are lifting, because I’ve removed that burden from myself.
It also hurts like a motherfucker and makes me feel like I’m giving up.
That… because I CAN’T do something, I’m weak, broken, ruined.
There’s no doubt left in me that I can keep querying. I can’t do it, it wrecks my mental health so badly that I stopped writing.
I haven’t written anything new in months, I can say that now. I can point at the fact that querying is what caused it, or maybe the rejections from querying.
I can feel the itch, the niggle, to begin writing again growing in me. This is good. It’s so good.
It really hurts to see people I’ve been slogging through the query trenches with announcing they have an agent, or even… in some cases, a second agent, a replacement one.
It hurts, like a stab to my heart because I know that I won’t ever be able to make that announcement for myself.
Because I had to give up to preserve my mental health.
I’m so happy for my friends who’ve managed to find the kind of success I was also looking for. I wish them the best of luck and bright careers and many sales.
It doesn’t change how much it hurts me to see them getting what I’ve tried for so long to achieve.
That I’ll likely never have.