I’m not very patient, especially when I’m super excited about something – like my writing.
As a journalist, I can’t wait for my editor to read my column or story. I’m anxious to see what he thinks or what he found awkward or unclear or how I can make it better.
Ditto when I submit a novel to my agent. Will she like it? Will she think there’s a market for it? Is it good? How can I make it better?
So I wait for feedback, checking my email constantly. And when it doesn’t come and doesn’t come, I begin to wonder. What if she’s not emailing me because she thinks it stinks and doesn’t want to tell me?
Of course, my mind sprints in this direction when there’s a perfectly logical explanation: she’s busy. I’m not her only client. Still, it’s tough waiting.
Am I alone or are you like this? How do you keep from checking your email every minute of the day?
As an editor, I try to read my writers’ stories as quickly as I can. I know they, like me, are waiting for feedback. I’ll discuss my editing process in tomorrow’s post.