Finally, my lifelong dream is within my grasp...I can see that brass ring dangling in front of me, just outside my reach!
So many things to do that I didn't expect. As much as it's now 'the best time to be a writer,' thanks to more avenues (i.e. kindle, internet) being open & available, it brings with it the necessity to do a lot of your own marketing. In the 'old days,' you sent it to an agent/publisher, and THEY did all the work. Not so anymore! I have a stack of books to read on how to get published, make the perfect pitch, become a 'breakout novelist.' Each one has different tips and things I must do if I want to have a chance.
Create a blog...join writing groups and forums...meet other writers and authors...do your homework and be prepared...
This doesn't leave much time for anything else...like ummm..WRITING! lol