Sunday, March 30, 2014

March Madness Day 30!!!

Okay, so it's been a long time since I've posted a recent picture of my darling cat. Right now he's waiting for me to close the laptop and give him a couple of treats. Does he look impatient? He is. And so am I, by nature. When I first started writing I was also delusional. I thought I'd be published within a year or two. Like most newbies, I was so impatient that I made some stupid mistakes.

Learning to be super patient with our writing and with the crazy world of publishing is imperative if we are going to endure. So let's talk patience here. When my impatience starts causing anxiety, I have to step back and focus my attention elsewhere for a spell. Writing is not my life. It is a part of my life that brings me much joy--when I'm patient with it. Kinda like a small child. ^+^

Congratulations to all of you for enduring to the end of the month. That took patience! Now here's the question of the day:  what do you do when you get impatient with your writing career?

Don't forget our last check-in tomorrow at L.S. Taylor's.  

10 comments:

  1. I'm impatient most areas in my life, but I try to cut myself slack when it comes to writing. There are times, though, when no matter what I tell myself my impatience gets the best of me. To be honest, I usually throw a fit, get all down on myself, and then crawl into a dark hole and hide out for a bit. It only lasts for a few days, thankfully. In times such as these, it's always good when I take out my copy of Anne Lamott's BIRD BY BIRD or Stephen King's ON WRITING. I read a few chapters of either of the two, and viola! a renewed sense of inspiration hits me.

    I've slacked these past four days, and I'm not sure I'll be able to get the last 30 pages revised by Monday. We'll see. Maybe I can kick butt tomorrow and get 'er done!

    Write on, Wipsters~

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    1. I also have 30 pages left to revise and I'm absolutely slacking off today. Tomorrow will hopefully be the motivator!

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  2. Mostly I can be reasonably patient with the publishing side of things (key word: mostly...sometimes the waiting is brutal! lol), but I'm not always quite so patient with myself. Probably those are the times I need to step back and regain perspective -- big picture stuff, like what I believe about myself and my writing, why I write, where (who) the creative urge and gift comes from, etc. (Basically, for me it's more a spiritual refocusing than a mental one.)

    No writing for me today. Nightshift last night and tonight -- but if it's a good night, maybe I can scribble out some words on my breaks. :)

    Thanks for hosting, Angelina! :)

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    1. I think we all have to step back and refocus from time to time. Have a good night!

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  3. Here I am at last. Sundays are either very quiet or very full around here. Today was not one where I had a chance to write, but my WIP and I plan to spend the evening together.

    I'm patient about a lot of things, although not everything. The tedium involved in doing any kind of puzzles drives me crazy. Waiting for publication...? Not a problem. I love the writing part so much that I rarely get to the querying/submission part. Therefore I know I may be waiting for a very long time. LOL! If I get discouraged (and I do), interacting with fellow writers helps. And reading success stories.

    I'm slowly gaining momentum with my new WIP. While I'd hoped to get a complete first draft done in March I quickly discovered how unrealistic that was and I'm happy to just keep putting words on the page. I hope others have been more successful in reaching their goals. It will be interesting to see how many of those who originally signed on actually stayed the course and will be with us tomorrow.

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    1. I absolutely love that the writing is the most important and enjoyable part for you. ^_^

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  4. Wine. Always wine. That is the only answer I've discovered so far.

    I've been trying to take Sundays away from my computer, mostly to give my eyes a break, but for some reason my phone doesn't like it when I try to comment on your blog. so I'm on here really quick (hopefully) just to say thank you again, Angelina, for being such an awesome March Madness host. It's always a pleasure to have you along on the journey...

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  5. And we've never had a glass of wine together. Hmmm. I did technology-free Sundays for a couple of years. Loved it!

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  6. One huge thing I've learned in this biz is patience. I've learned the hard way that rushing off a project, just because I'm antsy to get published? It will come back and bite me big time. I ended up burning more than a few bridges when I rushed CROSSED OUT out when it wasn't polished enough. It's like my UCI creative writing teacher told me once, "It's better to not be published then to be published badly."

    Thanks for hosting this month!

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  7. When I was younger, I was so focused on getting published at a young age, that I lost the focus and didn't put in the time of BIC. But that's what you have to do if you want to succeed. Not just daydream about being a published author. I'm feeling a lot more patient these days, and I'm doing the work, and honesty, it's way less stressful. Thank you for this!

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