Patience… What exactly does ‘Patience’ mean? Well, according to Google, it means the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Umm, wow, do writers need patience? Yes!
I’ve always been a mostly patient person on the outside, but on the inside, I’m a nervous wreck. Like today, my brain is a ball of mush because the #ManuscriptMatch with Harlequin is over at 1pm tomorrow, so I have to wait. But, I need to be patient, because as my grandmother used to say, ‘a watch pot never boils’.
As a writer, we have to have patience and here is a couple of reasons why:
- Of course, we have to be patient as we write the manuscript. That can be a hard one. The story goes through most writer’s mind faster than our fingers can type, but we have to be patient that the story will be finished when it’s finished.
- Waiting on the edits, that can be hard. You’ve worked hard to get that manuscript done, now it’s time to wait.
- If it’s on preorder, then you have to wait for the final release day. This one can be hard for me. I get excited when it’s all polished and pretty, just sitting there, staring at me as the clock slows to a snail pace.
- And contest, yep, that’s the mode I’m in now. You enter, then you wait, if you win a phase, then you supply the next part, and you wait, then wait some more. At least this newest contest is only a couple of hours away. It can really make you a wreck.
- Here’s a good one and one I’ve heard from fellow authors, you turn your work into a publisher and have to wait for a response. That wait can be grueling. I have two submitted to Avon and I’ve been curious, but trying to hold on.
So, are you a patient person or writer. What do you do to keep from gnawing your nails to the bone or eating everything around you?
As always, good writing and May God Bless You…
Just a little additional mention, my newest book ‘Seaside Beginnings’ is taking off. The response has been humbling, to say the least. I’ve received some of the sweetest emails about it. Ladies are flocking in to ask for more of the over forty books. I’m excited to say that by the end of 2016 there will be another one, but I have several coming out before it. So thanks to all the wonderful response, it makes this writer smile with joy.
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I can’t make things happen quickly enough; I’m a slow writer. The one time I tried to kick out a book quickly, it was a mess–in my opinion, anyway. I have no idea how the novel received as many good reviews as it did. Needless to say, I’m revising the book.
I’ve decided that writing a story is going to take me as long as it takes me to “get it right.” That’s my definition of patience!
Good definition Linda! Some days I’m a slow writer too, then other days I can’t get it typed quick enough.