Wednesday, October 2, 2013

IWSG: Waiting

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for another edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted by the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh!




The waiting is the hardest part, right? Someone please tell me the waiting is the hardest part. It sure feels that way. It seems like everything in writing basically equates to this never-ending waiting game and sometimes I wonder if it's ever going to end.

Who am I kidding? I know it's never going to end. That's the publishing business. A least right now waiting is my biggest problem. It could be a lot worse (it has been a lot worse in the past). Guess I'll just have to suck it up and try to stay busy while I do all that waiting.

Are you waiting for anything?

28 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hurry up - wait - hurry up - wait. It's like driving in stop-and-go traffic and there's an accident.
Only unlike that situation, we can focus on something else while we wait.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You wait and wait and wait to hear from agents, but it doesn't change once your book is sold. Now you're waiting for your edits, for your blurb, for the approval of book two's synopsis, for your cover. It never ends. And you still hit "refresh" more than you should.

That's why it's a good thing to have a new project to focus on...or anything else that will take you away from the inbox. And stalking agents to see if they are reading their slushpiles and talking about it on Twitter is probably not the best use of your time (yeah, I have friends who do this).

VikLit said...

SO TRUE. And I am the world's most impatient person it feels at times - so how to get past that?!

Michelle Wallace said...

I think the waiting game requires the patience of a saint... and nerves of steel!

Anonymous said...

You're right, waiting is the hardest part. And now I have Tom Petty stuck in my head.

ilima said...

No, it's never going to end. Don't know if it always will be worth it, but so far for me it has been. Publishing is sloooow.

David P. King said...

Right there with you. You have no idea the kind of things I want to tell people right now, but can't, because I have to wait. No worries, though. I look forward to seeing the wait pay off for you. :)

Rena said...

I've talked about the hardest part before. Find it here but yeah basically, it's all hard. Good luck!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

To publish my novella in December but I'm busy with other work so it's not so bad. but yeah waiting can suck.

Krista McLaughlin said...

I'm with you there! I'm waiting too. Waiting has to the hardest part, I think harder than killing a darling sometimes. We can wait together! :)

Brandon Ax said...

Waiting is hard. When I wait I write more, lol.

Emma Adams said...

Unfortunately, waiting is an inevitable part of both writing and publishing! Generally, I find that news comes when I'm in the middle of something else, so I try to distract myself. Doesn't always work, but it's better than driving myself crazy constantly checking my inbox! :P

Suzi said...

I'm about in the same waiting stage as you. When I started writing, I never knew how much waiting publishing involved.

S.K. Anthony said...

So true! Waiting is hard... and this whole game is never ending, someone hand me a drink... lol

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I remember the days when I would read a writer complaining about the process and I'd think...I'd love to have your problem! (after a day of rejections!) Guess we have to appreciate how far we've come!

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Aww, I hope this particular waiting spell ends for you soon! But yes, it never ends, even when you're doing everything on you're own. I'm one of the most impatient people I know. :)

Heather Holden said...

Waiting is never fun. Hopefully you won't have to be left waiting much longer!

Morgan said...

THE WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART!!!!!!!!

Truth.

I'm always fine when I'm in work mode. I feel good, confident, happy... but when I'm waiting? Torture. I swear some people have mastered it, but I haven't...

Mark Noce said...

Waiting used to bother me, then one day I just stopped waiting:) Who has time to wait? Just write and read, and make sure to enjoy both:)

John Wiswell said...

Waiting with nothing to fill the time can be the worst part of the process. Working in short fiction for so long, though, gave me a tolerance for waiting and educated me to work on other projects, so that I'm never resting in anxiety. Only resting when I actually need the rest!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Actually, the whole process reminds me a lot of being in the Army. Our unofficial motto was "hurry up and wait". Yep. That's writing.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Constantly. The waiting never seems to end. And I totally agree, it is the hardest part. :)

Livia Peterson said...

You're right - waiting is the hardest part of this writing thing. I keep chasing the dream, write my butt off, and it still DOES NOT come true. I am so impatient, but then again, there's worst things that could be happening.

Tonja said...

Just keep writing so you're too busy to realize you're waiting. :)

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Robin said...

Yup, that's where I am, waiting again:) I try to distract myself so I forget I'm waiting, but it's always there, in the corner of my vision, teasing me. Still, I'm getting excellent practice in patience:)

Jay Noel said...

Done my fair share of waiting too. I guess the best thing you can do is to stay busy, like you said. Otherwise, you'll drive yourself (and those around you) nuts.

M.L. Swift said...

We spend half our lives waiting. It's finding something productive to do in the meantime that works for me. Sorry to get over here so late!

M.L. Swift, Writer

Cassie Mae said...

Whatever you're doing at the moment is always the hardest part, lol! I know that totally doesn't help. But you're not alone in the waiting!