Workout Song of the Day: “Shake It Out” by Manchester Orchestra
Weight Loss Thus Far: 9 Pounds Baby–woot woot!
Let’s face it, no matter what stage you’re at in your writing career, you’re always going to be waiting for something. You WAIT to hear feedback from your beta remembers and keep your fingers crossed that they find your manuscript as brilliant as you do. You WAIT to hear from agents after a query/partial/full and keep your fingers crossed that they find your manuscript as brilliant as you do. You WAIT to hear from publishing houses as your manuscript goes out on submissions and keep your fingers crossed that they find your manuscript as brilliant as you do. You WAIT to hear from the public after your book finally hits shelves and keep…yadda yadda yadda.
So, what can you do in the midst of all of this waiting? Kiddies, take out your pencils and paper–we’re taking a quiz! Don’t worry, it’s multiple choice.
When waiting for any information that will either make or break your writing career, you can:
a. Stare at your email inbox. Refresh said email inbox. Ask friends to send things to you in said email inbox to make sure it actually works.
b. Go visit other writer blogs/forums and smile through gritted teeth as you hear about all of the good news that seems to have fallen on everyone except for you.
c. Go to the bookstore. Buy a new book. Then smirk and grumble something about how you could’ve written it sooo much better. Then hang your head down in shame seconds later because you’ve officially become a “hatah.”
d. Become a recluse. Stare out your window and watch the squirrels rummage through the grass. Then, in your best Clint Eastwood impression, cry out: “Get awf my lawwnnn!”
e. Write something new.
f. All of the above.
Okay, I’ll take either E of F (though I would be concerned that you may have watched Gran Torino too many times). It’s okay to fret with how your “baby” will be perceived by others. If you didn’t care, then it means that you don’t care about the process. Your goal is to make your writing the best that it can possibly be–so go ahead. Worry a little.
But I cannot stress how important it is to keep writing. Create an outline for a new novel. Write up a character sketch. Work on a short story. Just make sure to keep the creative juices flowing. This way, you’ll be more prepared to tackle those dreaded (but worthwhile) revisions. Additionally, it’s always good to have a backup plan because there have been cases where the first manuscript never breaks through. Sometimes it’s the 3rd or 4th. Scary, huh? But I’m a sucker for being spooked.