The Waiting

HELLO!!!

Yeah….it’s been awhile since I’ve been on here. Sorry, if you’ve been waiting…but you can join my club. 😉

The rest of the 5K editing involves lots of encouragement, pain, and joy. But, persistence finishes the race and the editing. I’m so close to crossing my 5K editing line, at least on this project. It’s been a long but inspiring ride! Thanks for tagging along.

AUTHOR UPDATE: I’m still in the waiting phase, but I’ve been very ACTIVELY waiting. Edits are flying in from my editor, and ideas on how to make my novel even better, are abounding. The waiting can be an exciting time when I stay busy. 🙂 And….good news, I’m now waiting to hear from 2 agents that have shown interest!! So, in honor of this waiting, here’s a song that I’ve been singing. Thank you Jamie Grace for putting words to my situation.

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Wai-Ting

I’m thinking of changing my name to Wai-Ting. Or at least making a T-shirt with WAITING printed on it. Then I can just point to it. WAITING is pretty much the answer to every question at this stage of my life:

What have I been up to lately? WAITING.

Do you know what’s going to happen next in your WIP? WAITING for a good dream/inspiration.

Have you heard anything about your book? Not yet, WAITING.

Have you heard from that agent yet? Still WAITING.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled that people are interested in the happenings of my writing career. But it’s grating on me, having to answer every inquiry about my writing life with “I’m still WAITING.” Seriously, the writing life makes professional waiters out of all of us! I understand that this is a long process, and that I will get published all in good time. I just wish I could convey the long process to others so that the looks of “you do nothing”  and “You soooo need to get a job/life” would go away…

And yes, I do believe that waiting is an action word. (As I’ve said before.) There is so much that I am doing while I wait: actual writing, plotting, outlining, working on proposals for my other WIP’s, networking (meeting AMAZING authors everyday! Thank you Facebook!), making boards on Pinterest, reading YA’s–checking out what’s HOT on the market, watching YA movies, watching Sherlock & Star Trek, playing in the dirt, hanging out with my boys… All this work-in-the-waiting is just not seen by many of my question-asking friends and family…Which is probably a good thing, seeing as I drink a lot of coffee and stare at my computer an awful lot.

OK, the WAI-TING vent is over…now back to my coffee and waiting… 😉

Here’s hoping to being able to change my name to WOOT!

 

**Hmmm….if I do change my name to Wai-Ting, I think I’ll go buy a Chinese silk robe. At least I’ll look great lounging around waiting… What do you think? One like this, or a different color?

5K Novel: After You Cross

You’ve crossed the finished line. You feel elated! You’ve accomplished something that scared you to death to do. You feel high on the excitement of it all. You don’t want to leave, but you know you must go home at some point.

You’re novel is done. You’ve pressed send. It is now in an agents or editors hands. You want to take a vacation from writing, do nothing, but you know that you have the next project to work on.

And now…you wait.

They won’t post your time until later tonight…

The agent said she’d get back to you in six weeks…

And then…you wait some more.

There’s a whole year until the next 5K…

The agent said you needed to have it edited some more…

You edit, extensively, and send it back…

Guess what…you wait some more…

I’ve given myself the title “Professional Waiter.” Writing is a waiting game. But if I’ve learned anything in this process, it’s that WAITING is an ACTION word. What can you do while you wait? How can you prepare for what’s next?

For 5K, running is the best action. Conditioning your lungs and muscles (starting 2 weeks before the 5K doesn’t really do it justice…) And you now have a record! You’re so gonna beat it next year!

For your writing, well, WRITE. Start the whole process again (1st mile…to Finish Line). Don’t be idle while you wait. Hone your craft. Read more books on editing. Send out articles to magazines. Write a story for your kids. Or a poem for your BFF. Just WRITE!

The process of writing is never-ending. But it’s sure worth it, even on those days when you want to chuck your notebook/laptop out a window and curl up–never touching another pen/computer key again!

And remember your battle cry: You’ve Got This!