Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Waiting for Godot. And Other People.
Since I'm the most impatient person I know, I can't say that I've consistently practiced what I'm preaching here, but cut me a little slack for trying. Trying is all I can do besides lighting church candles, tossing pennies into a fountain, and reading my own tea leaves. Here are my unscientifically proven strategies:
1) Start writing your next novel.
2) Start writing your next novel.
3) Start writing your next novel.
4) Exercise every day.
5) Catch up with your friends and family.
6) Call your mother.
7) Connect with other writers.
8) Start writing your next novel.
9) Think positive thoughts.
10) Start writing your next novel.
1) Eat a jumbo bag of chocolate-covered espresso beans. Or two.
2) Check email excessively, to the point where you develop carpal tunnel.
3) Pour over the Publishers Marketplace deal listings, wishing you'd see your name on the page.
4) Sleep late.
5) Feel sorry for yourself.
6) Compare yourself to other writers, both published and unpublished.
7) Snap at your spouse, sister, brother, partner.
8) Never snap at your mom. Remember: She loves all your stories, even the bad ones.
9) Annoy your agent with daily emails.
10)Believe that you're the only writer who's ever had to wait.
I can't promise that any of these will work but it's a start. What do you do to keep from losing your mind?