Just a bit of self-deprecation here. I finally changed the weekly quote, which has been featuring Mr. Gaiman's wisdom for several months now.
This one is from an article/blog post from NPR last week, that I've found to be strangely positive and encouraging. It is written by Martha Woodruff on the Monkey See blog. As a general rule, I tend to slip away from social media blogs and articles - the sort of things that are posted to Twitter and Facebook - because they toy with my anxiety. This isn't advice, it's just thoughtful reflections from writers who, not too long ago, were in the same unpublished-but-wanting-to-be boat as I am now. They're not saying "your novel isn't getting published because..." or "ten things lit agents hate..." They're just telling us all to hang in there.
One of my favorite parts is from Chad Harbach, whose debut novel The Art of Fielding was ten years in the writing. He said, "There were many days and months when I figured I'd work on the novel for the rest of my life without finishing it." I'm so glad to know I'm not the only who worries about this, too. I'm glad to know there's hope in devoting oneself to a years-long project, especially if it takes years for the fruit to show.