Or should that be Write, Wait, Wonder?
Either way, I think those three words sum up the life of an author. No matter what kind of author you are, your life will involve a whole lot of each of those.
Writers write. Could there be a more obvious (and sometimes frustrating) statement? It’s like the great mystery of weight loss. When someone tells you to: Eat Less, Move More, you feel sorta duped. Shouldn’t it be more complicated than that?
So…what are writers writing? It could be the latest novel or it could be a blog post. Guest (like this one) or your own. I love blogging. Posting on my blog is a satisfying way to self-publish instantly. And my blog doubles as a journal. I can see just where I was at any moment in my life by looking back at those posts.
Ah, the waiting. When I submitted books as an unpublished writer, the waiting was agonizing. That’s how I managed to have seven books under my belt in two years. I had to do something other than twiddle my thumbs while waiting to hear back from publishers! Rejections came, but they came slowly. Like, to the tune of 8-12 mos. later. :-(
But then you get the magical “call” and the wait is finally over!
Publishing is a slow business. Even after those books are sold, your busy-busy-busy times will be bookmarked by times of WAITING. And waiting some more. Waiting to see what the sales numbers are, waiting for reviews to roll in, waiting to hear back on your next manuscript.
Tom Petty said it best: The waiting is the hardest part. It’s also the part that never stops. :-P
This one, in my opinion, is harder than waiting! Being a fiction writer, I can concoct all sorts of scenarios that have no basis in reality. Depending on the day (or the hour or the moment) I could be speculating that I am awesome…or that my writing smells a lot like the kitchen trashcan at the end of the week.
But wondering is also a necessary part of the process.
In case you’re worried that the waiting and wondering may eat you alive, fear not! There is a cure for the dreaded wait and wonder.
Guess what it is?
C’mon. You know.
An all-business billionaire. A sweet, sexy assistant. What could possibly go wrong?
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