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First, before I get to the purpose of this post, I'd like to
congratulate the winner of my Blogfest 2012 giveaway
Thanks to all who participated!
Anyone else ever feel like you’re always waiting on something? Maybe it’s for inspiration to strike or for that spark that tells you exactly what should happen next in your story. Maybe it’s some quiet time to write uninterrupted. Then there’s the time we wait to hear back from critique partners or beta readers. And how about the time we wait to send queries because we are still working on the all important query blurb and synopsis to make it a tight, interesting summary of our work, one that won’t leave an agent or editor thinking WTF.
Whew! Typing it out makes me realize how much writers are in wait mode. And I haven’t even gotten to waiting for responses. That’s where I am at right now. My middle grade ghost story is out on submission, so my agent and I are waiting to hear back from editors. I didn’t want her to get too bored (ya, I’m chuckling, because I know she has plenty to do), but just in case she finds herself needing something new to read, I sent her my newest young adult novel. So I’m waiting to hear her comments on that one.
Being in wait mode gives a writer way too much time to question his or her work. Did I show instead of tell everywhere I could? Is my voice active? Did I stay in the right POV? Will an editor love the characters and plot? (And in the case of my YA novel, will my agent love it?)
I hope so. Don’t we all?
So while I wait, and to keep me from asking these same questions over and over again, I’m focusing on autumn finally being here. I love this time of year. The smoky scent from the neighbors’ fire pits drift through our yard and many of the trees are brilliant shades of red and yellow. Fall decorations are starting to be put out. Pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks and this is the season with all the best comfort foods. I guess if I have to be waiting, this is the right time of year to do it.
Happy Autumn and Happy Writing!!