Sarah has a thought-provoking question this round:
What has been the most unexpected part of your writing journey up to this point? What has happened that you could never have predicted? Has it been a help or a hindrance?
Kat posted before me, and Kate comes next.
I hate to say it, but I thought I'd have a novel (or more) in bookstores by this point. Then again, I'm a slow pantser, and many of the projects I've worked on haven't been publishable (such as sequels to unsold stories), so that doesn't help. Even so, I enjoyed working on them, and they counted towards the million words of sh*t everyone has to write before becoming a good writer. When I started out, I never would have predicted meeting all the online friends I have through blogging and networking, and e-books and dedicated e-readers weren't available. The world of publishing has changed during my writing career, and it will only keep changing. The best way we can cope is to remain flexible and be willing to change ourselves too.