The feeling of publication anxiety I described yesterday has, thankfully, a much more enjoyable counterpart.
I call it publication high.
Seeing a story published is pure joy.
For a minute or two, before I start worrying about what I will write next and whether or not anyone will read it, I get the sense that I have taken a step toward creative recovery. I even allow myself to feel like I am a writer.
I can’t believe I experienced publication high so few times in the past two years.
The next time I am struggling with my writing, I should remind myself of how this feels.