"Have Patience. All things are difficult before they become easy." ~ Saadi
Mmmkay. Easy for him to say. Me? I'm not so great at the waiting game. And lately, it seems I've been doing a lot of that.
Now, I know some of you are rolling your eyes and thinking "Look at this baby writer, barely out of her training pants and jumping around, waving her arms for attention." But seriously. I suck at waiting. I wanted to know right away what gender kid I was having when I got pregnant, I always burn my mouth trying to drink my too-hot coffee and I'm dying here, waiting for responses from the agents and editors I sent my manuscript to.
No. I am not being dramatic.
If you are a writer who's published, you've been here, and survived. I take this as a good sign. If you're a writer and you currently are in the same boat as me? Here's a paddle. Try not to row us in circles, and you better have brought rum. Even if you aren't a writer, I know you can relate to this post. When has anyone ever not hopped around, flailing like a Muppet, muttering "Oh, for the love of cheese and sprinkles, C'MON. HURRY UP."? Yeah, I know you get me.
I knew that just sitting around waiting was going to send me that last little step over the Cliffs of Insanity, so I came up with a plan. Or rather, A Plan. It went something like this:
Step 1) Start writing another book.
Step 2) Make time to read, since I haven't done that as much as I've wanted to lately.
Step 3) Get a full rough draft down by the time I start getting responses from agents. (It has no bearing, really, I just wanted a time frame that would push me.)
Step 4) Meal plan my weeks and make food to have in fridge, so everything would run seamlessly and smooth at dinnertime.
Step 5) Update my website.
Good plan, right? All the things I've neglected to do over the last few months while trying to whip my manuscript into good enough shape to send out into the world. Except....it hasn't quite gone as I thought it would. Exactly. It's been more like this:
Step 1) Write
Step2) Check Twitter
Step 3) Check Email
Step 4) NO. WRITE.
Step 5) Check Facebook
Step 6) Check Goodreads
Step 7) Check Email
Step 8) WRITE, DAMN YOU, WRITE
Step 9) Ooo. Words with Friends!
So, I'm not quite where I want to be but I've been pretty distracted. I guess. I only check my email about 4 or 5 times an hour. That's totally normal, right? *Sigh*
"I'm extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end." ~ Margaret Thatcher (I like her.)
What do you recommend for distraction? Any tips on being patient?