I recite this sentence to myself at least twice a day as I am shuffling between manuscripts, editing one while finishing up two others. I think as writer's we put these crazy, and often unnecessary, deadlines on ourselves, thinking that we HAVE to get this to the agents now or we will miss the next big trend. Publishers are buying this sub-genre now, so quick . . . finish that draft and get it out.
We don't. It's. Not. A. Race. We need to take time not only to master our craft, but to enjoy it, to savor every word we type out. So today, as I look at a completed manuscript I have hacked into an unrecognizable pile of crap, that sentence is going to become my mantra. If it takes me days, weeks, even months to re-piece the manuscript back together, then so be it, because I am going to enjoy every grueling second of it!
Oh and P.S. -- my baby girl turned 14 today!