Last weekend, I spent three days in writing utopia. Although I'm not about to reveal the secret location, I will tell you another secret.
The reason I write is that I have to.
When I write, my world seems in order. I'm a better wife, mother, and human being when I write. Why? When I'm writing, I'm also reading. When I'm writing, I'm listening. I'm researching, learning, considering details.
I like myself better when I am writing.
I write because it's a way of life I don't want to give up. When I wake up and write, I'm making sense of the world and the characters within it. I'm connecting across borders and through time with others. I'm living.
Remembering this allows me to slow down; getting books published isn't my first goal. Living a good life is. In writing, telling a story the right way is my first goal. If I tell a good story, I believe it will get published.
Do you have the same faith in your works in progress?
If not, consider why you're writing them. Everything else seems easier when you do. And there's a lot less pressure.