Wednesday, August 5, 2015

#IWSG: The Waiting Place

I hate waiting.

That's not to say that I can't be patient. I'm a teacher, a mother, a wife, a dog owner, and a writer. All of these have taught me patience. I'm not going to go around haranguing people or beating at the walls. I know how to wait civilly. But that doesn't mean I have to like it.

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I'm in a holding pattern right now in my writing life. My first book came out and I just finished a wave of promotion for it, writing many many guest blog posts and interviews to spread the word about a BookBub special (the Kindle edition will be free on August 5th and 6th!). The next wave isn't until September.

I had three writing deadlines when I began my summer writing season: submitting the sequel to Going Through the Change, writing and submitting a novella in the same world for an anthology, and a revise-and-resubmit on my historical fiction piece Cold Spring. Done. Done. And done.

So, now I'm waiting. Besides waiting to hear about those three, I also have another novel out on submission which is still being considered and three upcoming anthologies I've had work accepted for, but am waiting to hear back on. (That's not meant to be a humble brag: all this waiting is getting under my skin). The balls all seem to be in other people's courts and I'm standing here with my racquet, feeling edgy and anxious.

I still have a daily writing habit going (669 days in a row on Magic Spreadsheet as I write this). But I'm floundering with what to do with it just now. I'm writing little pieces that don't satisfy me. If the sequel is accepted without significant change, then I should work on the three-quel. It's best to have steady output for a series. But I don't want to start working on the three-quel until I know that the second book is going to go without significant plot changes. I hate the idea of wasted effort, continuing storylines that might not be useful at all.

So, here I am in the waiting place.

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I'm trying to work on the second of the historical fiction trilogy. Right now that means a lot of research as it turns out I am woefully undereducated about America in the period between the world wars. So, lots of reading and notes, little output of actual words. No feeling lost in a story.

It leaves me feeling unmoored, with no big project anchoring my vision right now. I don't feel productive or inspired. And those are two of my favorite feels.

So, what do you guys do while you're in the waiting place? What keeps you from climbing up the walls?
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13 comments:

  1. I hate waiting too. I just try to distract myself with hobbies and or the next writing project(s).

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  2. I hate waiting too. I just try to distract myself with hobbies and or the next writing project(s).

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    1. Thanks Lidy and Melanie. Sympathy always helps!

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  3. Congrats on all you've accomplished! And free book on Kindle! (Why not feature that and your cover with a link on your post? I am going to go find the book right now. No shame to promote when people are coming to your blog for the hop (just sayin!)).

    Also curious, where do you research anthologies? I write YA so maybe not many of them. I look every so often on google.

    Here is my August IWSG post. It's the second post on my blog today because my Pitch Wars mentor bio needs to stay at the top. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Stephsco! I felt self-conscious doing promo doing IWSG, so I didn't put it here, but that didn't stop me form doing a late in the day posting about BookBub and all the guest posts I have everywhere. :-)

      As for anthologies, I get a few newsletters that help (NCWN: North Carolina Writers Network; Hope C. Clark's Funds for Writers). I also follow a Facebook group that is all about publishing opportunities for speculative fiction writers in particular. OPEN CALL: Science Fiction (https://www.facebook.com/groups/440107622678110/?ref=bookmarks)

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  4. Being a writer is more about delayed gratification. I still haven't figured out how to calm myself when I'm waiting.
    Since you're a long-form writer, my normal suggestion of tackling poetry or flash won't work. Maybe you should try a different artistic endeavor for now like weaving.

    Otherwise, chocolate!

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    1. Chocolate is a distraction I can definitely enjoy :-)

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  5. Ugh I hate waiting too! When I'm waiting for something is when I tend to procrastinate doing anything.

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    1. Yes! Then I feel terrible about wasting all that time, when time is at such a premium!

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  6. I don't really know what to say other than to keep plugging away. You have definitely achieved a lot so focus on that rather than what you're waiting on, which is outside your control. I do think that research is important, but we shouldn't get bogged down in it. The way people essentially act doesn't change much over time, so maybe you could focus on the core story of your historical and fill in the edges as you go? You did write the first part already.

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    1. True, Nick. I can be very guilty of falling down a research rabbit hole and delaying the actual writing that way.

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  7. When I am stuck waiting, which is exactly where I am right now (waiting on the final proof of my second book) I read as much as I can and I try to get outside as often as possible. I do have a deadline for my 3rd book so I should be writing but I am slacking.
    I am looking forward to reading your book it sounds so good.

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