Writing While Waiting

My MS, Impending Reveries, is out on submission (which is great), but I’ve been tempted to stop writing until I hear back from them.

On one hand, I know that if I get a contract for it, I’ll have to drop everything and start edits to get it ready for publication. So I think, why work on something new when I’ll just have to put it aside?

On the other hand, I NEED to write. It’s like a compulsion. The stories scream at me, wanting to break free of my mind and be put onto paper. They won’t leave me alone.

So, I will write while I wait and HOPE that I get interrupted.

What about you? Do you put everything on hold when you’re waiting for the call? Or do you plunge in to a new story?

Published in: on May 27, 2010 at 8:00 AM  Comments (5)  
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Patience? Not so much.

If you don’t have patience, you shouldn’t be an author! An author is ALWAYS waiting for something.

  1. First, you wait for your muse to tell you what comes next. This is a hard one. You can’t get mad at your muse or say anything bad about him/her, because then s/he would leave you and where would you be? It’s frustrating, but most of the time if you pamper them enough, your muse will come through for you yet again.
  2. Next is editing. You have a critique partner? Great! The critique partner has a life and doesn’t get back to you for weeks. (Even though you do the same with their MS, it’s still a pain when it’s you who has to wait)
  3. This is the fun part! Your MS is back from your critique partner and it looks as though it has been in a scene from Spartacus. Red marks all over it (why did I spell tongue, tonke?), time to correct all of your mistakes.
  4. You have edited your MS to within an inch of its life, time to send the query letter. You can expect to wait 2-6 months for a response.
  5. Congratulations! The editor/agent requested a partial and/or synopsis (ugh, I hate synopsis but that’s a story for a different day). This means more waiting.
  6. Whoo Hooo! A request for the full! More waiting (this is where I am right now). This is the last step before you get an offer, which means that it is excruciating. The days seem to creep by.

I have no patience. My family will be happy to give you examples of how much of a pain I am when I have to wait. Is it worth all the stress? YES!!!! I will continue to wait ( not so patiently) every time that I write an MS. When you want something badly enough, you will walk through fire to get it!

What do you do to ease the stress of impatience? (Seriously, I need to know before my family throws me in the loony bin!)

Published in: on March 25, 2010 at 12:59 AM  Comments (6)  
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