Having considered this, put it in the back of your mind. You have now to live with the novel; there can be no room in your mind for dreams of success. It’s better to expect nothing, for then you can’t be disappointed. You mustn’t even think about acceptance or rejection, but only about writing a novel which will satisfy you yourself. This is terribly simple; and I don’t use the word “terribly” lightly.

The Tyranny of Words p. xiv