Maintaining your sanity while waiting is not an easy thing. If you follow my blog, you know how hard it’s been. I think years of dealing with a herniated disc taught me one thing: LGO (Life Goes On).
I waited weeks to get an MRI done and then another week or two for the results. Why? Because I was one of many, many people with injuries. And there were people with far more life-threatening conditions ahead of me. My condition wouldn’t kill. It would just cause unrelenting pain that I could survive.
This isn’t just something that happens in the medical field. It happens in every industry. Decision makers (like agents & editors) prioritize based on criticality. And what matters most to you usually matters least to them.
How did I deal with this reality in my writing world?
I checked email relentlessly, I stalked agents’ and editors’ social media accounts, I cleaned and organized everything around me, and nearly drove myself nuts.
Until I learned to fill the waiting time with another project. There is no better way to kill time than by immersing yourself in something else that matters to you.
As I queried one book, I drafted another. I went to conferences and entered contests. I did everything I could to get my work out there.
Even now, as my young adult novel is in negotiations with Harlequin, I’m promoting the heck out of my indie-published adult speculative fiction novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin.
If I don’t have revisions to work on for Harlequin soon, I may start drafting the sequel to Six Train. If revisions come first, I’ll focus on that.
The trick to surviving the waiting is to make that time count for something else. It isn’t just the time I waited to hear back from the agent. No. It’s the time I started drafting a new novel. Or the time I researched indie publishing. Or the time I revised an older manuscript. Whatever else you do, make this time matter.
Because time is the only thing we can’t make more of. Don’t sit around waiting for the email or the call. Keep querying. Keep writing. Keep revising. Keep reading. Keep attending workshops. Don’t ever stop and wait for things to happen. Make things happen all around you.