Today, I’m reblogging a fantastic post by Kate Brauning, freelance writer and an editor for Month9Books. She touches on an issue I think all writers deal with at every level. WAITING!
Hello, friends– it’s Kate. I had a realization just now, and I’m wondering how many of you have had a similar one, because it just made me sit up a little straighter.
I have goals. I want to sign with a great agent and get a good book deal and be able to eventually live off my writing income alone (yes, I know that’s rare). I want to improve my writing craft and be not just good, but as good as I can be. I want people to remember my stories because they made them think or made them feel.
Those goals are so big, sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever get there. And I might not– they wouldn’t be good goals if they were things I could easily do. I’m working toward those goals, and I’m learning. I’m an editor with Month9Books and a freelance editor. I teach half-time. Of course, I write and I blog here and over at YA Stands. I attempt to have a life off the computer, too. Each of these things gives me plenty to do for fifteen hours each day.
But I’m also doing a lot of waiting. I’m waiting for the day I reach one of those big goals, and I don’t really think that’s a good thing.
Developing skill takes time. The publishing world takes a lot of patience, sometimes. Writing definitely takes time. I went into this knowing it would be harder, take longer, and be more uncertain than I figured. But all this waiting? It’s the worst part. (Anyone with me there?) I’m not sitting around with idle hands, believe me. But I still feel the waiting. When my mind skips to my inbox and there’s nothing new, when I glance at the word count on my WIP and see it’s barely moved even though I’ve been working on it all afternoon, and even worse, when there is a new email and it’s not the news I want, I feel the waiting.
Being patient is a good thing. Having my expectations set in the right place and having to work for what I want is a good thing. But this kind of waiting is too much to handle along with the uncertainty, hard work, and stress of being a professional writer.
What prompted me to start writing this post was the realization that I shouldn’t be waiting.
And you shouldn’t be, either. I give you permission to stop waiting. In fact, I really think you should stop right now.
And don’t forget to follow Kate on Twitter: @KateBrauning