Monday, February 27, 2012

A Watched Pot Never Boils

Just a friendly mental health reminder to all my fellow writing peeps. If you are currently WAITING (and I know you are waiting for something)--stop.

Stop waiting right now. It's nothing more than a mental trick, so perform a cognitive back flip out of the waiting place. 

Stop checking your email
Stop stalking on Twitter
Stop googling the same agents and editors over and over
Stop rereading interviews by the above mentioned agents and editors
Stop trying to devine some personal (to you) meaning from their latest blog post
Stop checking your horoscope
Stop playing online tarot
Stop trying to predict if your darling is ever, ever, ever going to snag you an agent or finally sell

If fact, stop thinking about publishing all together.

Think only about your life (you know, that thing you're supposed to be enjoying when you're not obsessing) and your writing.

Kiss your spouse, hug your kids, go for a run, notice the sky. Now, buy yourself MacFreedom, turn off your internet, open Scrivener, Word, or your purple spiral notebook and write.

Just write. 

Because the process of publishing is worse than going to the DMV. At least the DMV gives you a ticket with a number. But with publishing, you are standing in a line that you will never know the length of until you are the one standing at the front. There may be five people or five hundred people in front of you--who knows?? You can't even be sure if the person working the counter is "in", "closed to submissions", "on vacation" or simply "drowning in emails." YOU DON'T GET TO SEE THE COUNTER. All you can do is stand, breathe, and try to act like you are not "waiting" while hours of your life tick past.

The hours of your life. Find something better to do. Anything really.

Send out your work. And then, forget that you did.


  1. Or you can write one hell of an awesome book, get it edited, commission a professional cover, and publish it yourself!

    No waiting!

    1. So true Donna. Although, having done that with my first book under a different name, it is a tremendous amount of work in fields a writer may not be particularly interested in. Maybe I should do a post about that book and what went into making it?? *thinks on this*

  2. This is absolutely excellent advice. Writers will get nowhere if they don't write in the first place! Yep, send a ms off--and then forget about it. Live, do other things...or my fave thing: start a new book!!

  3. Great analogy! I never would have thought of the DMV, but it fits. Have a good weekend!

  4. Hi Rebecca, just a quick note to let you know that I chose you for my post about The Versatile Blogger Award. Here's the link: http://davidkevinthomas.blogspot.co.uk/p/versatile-blogger-award.html Thanks