I'm like the child who perpetually asks "Are we almost there?" I plod along wishing I was "there." I worry and obsess about what's coming. Sometimes I even miss out on things going on around me because I'm distracted. Impatience easily settles in (like we talked about yesterday!).
We writers all wait for the same big thing: publication. But what are the smaller things we wait for along the way to publication?
- Finishing a manuscript
- Contest results
- Returned emails or phone calls
- Notification on those "smaller" writing projects
- Responses to queries
- Agent decisions about partials or fulls
- Feedback from critique partners or editors
In our instant-oriented culture, we expect our needs to be met our-way, right-away; if they're not, we grow frustrated. We're inculturated to believe if we have to wait for anything, then something must be wrong.
I'll be the first to admit I like microwaves, fast food (especially Panera), 10-minute Oil changes, quick-drying nail polish, and high speed internet. If I have to wait more than a few seconds for a page to appear on my screen, I get irritated!
Let's face it. We modern Americans hate to wait.
This mindset carries over into our writing as well. I wish I could eliminate all of the waiting that happens on the writing journey. But perhaps the difficulty of waiting is another part of God's plan for strengthening our character. He allows this hardship to challenge us to stretch our muscles and grow.
What are you waiting for? And how has the difficulty of waiting helped you to grow?