The independence, the creative freedom, the satisfaction of a clever turn of phrase and the thrill of an emotionally charged passage--for me, writing a novel is amazing and doesn't even feel like work. But the solitude of writing lends itself to a problem. Nathan Bransford, a literary agent whose blog is a favorite of mine, described it most accurately. He refers to the writers' syndrome as the "Am I Crazies?" http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/07/you-tell-me-how-do-you-deal-with-am-i.html
I have completed an eight-month-long edit of my manuscript and now have queries sitting in the inboxes of literary agents. The waiting game has begun. I knew this process when I started. So, on the advice of a respected writer and instructor, I am distracting myself from the insane waiting by writing another novel. I am daily reminded of the reasons I love to write. Take your time, dear agents, I'll have another offering for you before long.