Writers need to be the most obsessed and patient people in the world. Obsessed because there is no way in hell anything is going to get done, (written) unless I do it. I can’t say I’m busy, so do me a favor. And write that short story- or edit that book trailer – or rework that query letter.
Patience- yes. We, (writers) have, above all else in the universe to be patient – with ourselves, with our family, with our friends and contacts, and with the universe.
It’s like throwing a stone into the ocean, and KNOWING that someday the ripple will return. (this is also faith)/
I never realized how large a role patience must play in this chosen career until I started to go public with my newly pressed compilation of short stories.
Regarding one novel- Love Never Dies, I began to write the story in 1989 – 22 years ago!.
I was living in San Francisco then, and since that year I have been married (and divorced) twice, lived in Los Angeles, Connecticut, Germany, Virginia, Colorado and Arizona.
It is not like in 1989 I decided it would take me 21 years before I could call myself a writer – life intervened – but through it all, I kept my eye on the prize.
Now, each day I try to move each project that I am working on forward.
I have a self-published compilation of short stories – on six websites- for sale, and in one restaurant and 2 libraries in my county here in Virginia. I am writing short stories and poetry for the second volume of this endeavor. I am reworking ( and submitting) my 475 page 128,000 word novel I called “finished” 2 years ago. I am reworking and preparing to submit query letters to agents. I am gathering music and images for the book trailer I am producing for the short story book. I am periodically writing erotic short stories, stories that I will create into another and differently marketed compilation of short stories. I am writing daily on two screenplays that I hope to have done and ready to submit to agents, producers and production companies by this spring. I am keeping in contact with friends and contacts, searching for opportunities to make my career move forward. I am keeping in touch with the wonderful family I live with, and doing dishes, taking out trash, mowing the lawn, building a laundry station in the garage and tending to my little medium pet. I am attempting meditation, soul travel (astral projection) and relaxation exercises. I am reading novels and self-help books that I hope will move me forward spiritually and career-wise. I am trying to keep myself healthy by getting enough sleep and eating well during the day. I am working a full-time construction job that pays me 1/3 what I am worth, and pushes me 3 times as hard as I want – after getting up at 5:30 in the morning!
So- now we come back around to patience – just one more day could get me that recognition- just one more week could get me that raise- just one more month and that query letter might be ready to submit again( or accepted this time) – just six more months and that screenplay and short story book will be ready for public view. And tonight at 1:30 am, with just 4 hours sleep before I get up and go to work, I write this blog, to share with those who may care about what it is like to be a committed writer.
Cross your fingers – I may soon be a horse you will want to bet on.
When? Who knows? Be patient.