"For we are saved by hope, but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it." --Romans 8:24-25.
Writers all have one thing in common, no matter how far along they are on their journey: waiting.
First we wait for ourselves as write our manuscript for months (or years). When the manuscript is done, we wait as we revise muliple times.
Then we wait for others to read the manuscript and advise us.
We wait as we revise again.
We wait for others to read it again and again, just to be sure.
Then waiting as we query.
We wait for ourselves again as we busy ourselves writing a new story.
We wait for the fabulous agent we got to sell the story to an editor.
We wait for the launch date.
We wait for reviews, and good news or bad.
Then we start over again.
Sometimes it seems like a lot, doesn't it?
I like to spell this out for myself because I tend to be an ambitious, hasty individual. I like to get things done right, and get them done right now. How then, do I keep myself sane during all this waiting? And the future waiting?
I found a quote (I forget from whom) that reads "The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want the most for what you want now." Whenever I'm feeling impatient I think about that, and think "what do I really want the most?"
I want to be a writer, published or not. I want to write for the rest of my life, and hopefully, eventually, make enough of a living that I can quit my dayjob and live humbly. My end goal isn't to be rich. It isn't to be famous. It's to write.
I can do that.
The bottom line for me is it's worth the wait, because I'm not actually waiting, I'm doing. My goal is to just keep going. As long as I can.
I read a great post the other day, giving writers the advice to try to quit (http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2009/06/guest-blogger-dan-case.html)
If you're feeling down, I encourage you to do that--try to quit, and see if you can do it. If so, then you have some closure. If not, you have peace because you know what your goal is.
It's to keep going!
What do you guys do when you have the Waiting Blues? What motivates you to keep going?