I wrote a book! I wrote a book!
Take a good, hard look -- I wrote a motherfucking book!
No, really. I did.
It took about three years to get a draft in a place where I felt it could be viewed by others for eventual submission to agents. A little over my original nine month plan, but hey, I'd never written a book before. I was young and optimistic.
Still, for anyone out there struggling with a creative project, completion negates any whining about how log it takes to get there. Stay the course (or "Stay on target."). Distractions will always arise. Life will always be complicated and seem to block you at times (or oftentimes). However, if you work your ass off and try... really, really try, you can do it.
Don't listen to Yoda. There is a wasteland of try on the way to 'do,' and that journey makes it all the more worth the satisfaction when you reach what you're trying for -- I can now say this from experience. Like a boss.
Now to scan through the very drafty sequels to prep for NaNo. And start looking for agents.
Perhaps also take my own advice and have a look at the screenplay baby I've neglected for far too long.
I wrote a book.