Wednesday, January 11, 2012

TIME IS NOT THE ENEMY

Until very recently I was very finicky about time. I never wanted things to take extra long, which I guess you could just call impatience. More specifically, I thought that I had to get published as soon as possible, because time was marching on and I didn't wait so long to get published.

Well, I recently learned the lesson of patience and now realize the if it was meant to be for me, then things will happen, but in their own time. All I can do is keep on writing and keep on querying. So what if it takes me ten years to get published? I got along fine before I wanted to get published and I will still get along just fine, even if I do not get published.

I am a very lucky woman in the sense that my job requires me to write Internet articles on a regular basis. So, I still get to write and I am still very much part of the writing world. As long as I am writing at all, I am happy. To get published would just be an extra bonus, but if not...it is no longer the end of the world for me.

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  1. Patience is definitely required. I'm waiting to see an article published this year that was written in April 2009.

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  2. Being patient is the right thing to do, but sadly that doesn't make it any easier to feal with. Distraction helps. If you have something to focus on, tends to take away some of the anxiety.

    mood
    Moody Writing
    @mooderino
    The Funnily Enough

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  3. I agree with mooderino - if you throw yourself into writing, time flies, especially if you love it.

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  4. Bob - Wow! Good-luck to you.

    Mooderino - Thank you so much for the advice. I believe I have many distractions at the moment that could help me out. Thanks.

    Tonja - Thank you.

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  5. All this waiting might mean that several things get published in quick succession later on. I know that's how it happens for me. A couple of years ago, I got a story published that I'd written TEN years before that. I thick that must be some kind of record. The moral: don't give up!

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  6. Annalisa - Thank you so much. I will not give up.

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  7. I couldn't agree more. You are so right. I have often thought of time as the enemy and then I begin racing this imaginary time clock and I get so rushed that my work and home life suffer. Good point.

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  8. This resonated with me in the sense that, as a "late beginner", I always feel the urge to "make up for lost time" - in reality, it doesn't work like that... and I've since discovered that there is no prescribed age to start writing - it differs from person to person... And the publishing/non-publishing aspect is furthest from my mind at this point in time.

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  9. I like that attitude. I try to keep that in mind myself.

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  10. Very wise words! A writer has to be patient. I struggle with that a lot!

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  11. Melissa - Thank you. I hope time is friendlier to you this year. Hopefully it will give you a break or two.

    Mish - Good for you! You should not care about being a late beginner. All that matters is that you had the guts to take this step towards writing, which might sound strange, but it can be really hard. But I get how time can really make you feel regretful.

    Nancy - Thank you. I need to be a lot more positive this year.

    Brianna - Thank you! I definitely agree, having to be patient is hard work, but I definitely needed to change something this year.

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  12. It was a hard lesson for me to learn. I hated that I wasn't as good as I thought I was and that everyone didn't want to snatch up my book immediately. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
    Heather

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  13. Heather - That is exactly how I felt! But yeah, no use crying over time, even if I want to sometimes. Thanks

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