When writers aren’t starving in garrets, writing in coffee shops or on trains, they’re often in a state of waiting.
First they wait for ideas to come. Ideas are like buses. None for ages then a whole fleet arrives at once.
Sometimes it can take a while for an idea to grow into a story. That’s another wait. When the story is written its a good idea to put it aside and wait before you dive back into revisions.
Then it’s time to let someone else read it – a friend, group of friends, your agent or both.
This wait is AGONISING. What will everyone think? Will they love your story or hate it? Worse still, what if they don’t feel anything for it at all!
The story is sent out to the publishers next, and there you are waiting again. Will an editor like it? Will he/she and the rest of the team love it enough to make an offer for it?
If the book is good (and lucky) enough to be taken on, there’s still lots more waiting. They’ll be waits between edits, copy edits and proofs. You’ll wait to see the cover, the illustrations, for the book to go to the printers. Finally, you’ll wait for PUBLICATION DAY.
For me, the wait is the worst thing about this crazy job. I drive myself mad refreshing e-mail, watching out for the postman, making pretty, multicoloured tally charts to mark the passing days (hours, minutes and seconds).
I spend hours staring out of the window just WAITING.
To all of you sitting exams right now and knowing you have a long summer wait ahead for the results, I”M WITH YOU. Good luck with that wait. Good luck with the results. May the wait be ever in your favour 😉
Are you waiting for something? I’d love to hear how you’re passing the time.