Ever feel like this?
As writers, I think we all do
Writing a book takes forever!
(well, unless you're Kiersten White)
(But then people want to throw things at you at least half the time)
(it's a good thing she's so hilariously adorable)
Waiting on CP feedback takes forever!
(I suppose it would go faster if my drafts had less flaws)
Revising a book takes forever!
(why is it so hard to make it GOOD?)
Querying takes forever!
(okay, I'll admit, my 2-week whirlwind process probably doesn't count as forever)
(but it still FELT like it)
(*ducks all the things you're flinging at me*)
And even when you FINALLY sell the book, it takes 1-2 YEARS to be released!
All of which means we writers need to cultivate TREMENDOUS amounts of patience.
But I've discovered something these last couple of years, that I wanted to share with you. PATIENCE and WAITING are two different things.
PATIENCE is a state of mind. Not giving into the frustration. Staying calm. Not trying to rush things that simply cannot be rushed.
But WAITING is an action. It's saying: well, I'm waiting on CP/Agent/Editor Feedback so I can't write today.
And--for me--it's the WAITING that makes PATIENCE so freaking hard to cultivate. So I've made it a personal goal not to spend time WAITING. If one project has reached a point where it's out of my hands at the moment--I work on something else. If I don't feel ready to dive into something new, I brainstorm. Maybe someday I'll attempt a short story (though my last short story turned into a trilogy so...that's looking iffy.) The point is: I keep busy. And keeping busy helps me to stay (relatively) sane as the writing/publishing process drags along at a snail's pace. I highly recommend you give it a try.
But what about you guys? How to you stay patient as a writer? Any tips or secrets you want to share?