Top Five Quotes on…Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

Throughout a writers career there will be plenty of time to learn the art of patience. TRUST me, you’ll need it. One of the main ways we learn this is through waiting. We wait until our novel is scoured over before sending it to betas or crit partners.

We wait for them to return it with notes on what they hate/love/and what needs to die a slow painful death. We repeat.

Finally, we start sending that manuscript out into the query world. Anyone who has gone through the process can tell you…you wait some more.

You wait for the agent to request your work.

You wait for them to read it. In turn, when you DO secure an agent, they’ve got a bunch of waiting they have to do, too. They feel our pain. They wait for editors, publishing houses, etc.

I thought I was a fairly patient person before I really started going at writing with the intent to publish.

I was WRONG.

On the bright side, I’m almost so patient now it scares me. Well, not really.

If you’re in the waiting game, I thought I’d share some quotes to help pass the time. Enjoy!!

1.) “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” — Aristotle

2.) “No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” — Lewis Carroll

3.) “A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” — Henri J.M. Nouwen

4.) “He that can have patience can have what he will.” — Benjamin Franklin

5.) “Patience, grasshopper,” said Maia. “Good things come to those who wait.” 
“I always thought that was ‘Good things come to those who do the wave,'” said Simon. “No wonder I’ve been so confused all my life.” — Cassandra Clare

Happy Wednesday <3333’s!

Quote of the day: Stephen King

“When asked, “How do you write?” I invariably answer, “One word at a time,” and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: one stone at a time, man. That’s all. One stone at a time. But I’ve read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope.” 
— Stephen King

I refer back to this quote whenever I’m beating myself up over word count. Or like lack thereof in today’s case. Some days, no matter how. Hard. I. Try. I can’t seem to force the wordage. That’s when I put the manuscript away, and focus on other things. Like writing advice from Stephen King.

If you’re finding yourself in a similar situation, it’s okay. Write one word, ten, forty. Two hundred.

Keep adding those stones to your wall. Pretty soon you’ll see that mother sucker from the moon. XO

You’re amazing. Your writing is amazing. You’re writing a FREAKIN’ book! That’s made of so much awesomesauce, never forget that. <333333