Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Waiting Game by DL Larson

We're finally done playing the "waiting game" at our house. We were getting pretty good at it too while making ready for my daughter's wedding. We waited for bridal gowns to be shipped, we waited for tuxes, invitations, flowers and centerpieces. The list went on and on while we prepared for the big day. The many preparations reminded me of waiting for things to happen in my writing life. Once I ordered a particular item, my job was done. All I had to do was wait for it to arrive.

Does that sound familar when it comes to submitting our work to publishers and editors? Whether we send our material and inquiry through email or snail mail, our job is temporarily done. Or is it?

I learned to chart my submissions and then move on rather than gnawing on "what ifs." What if I said this rather than that, would someone sit up and take notice? What if I explained my plot a little differently, and before long I focused on another approach of querying my work. Not necessarily better, just different.

Then I realized what I was doing. I was filling time, wasting time when I could be working on my WIP, editing completed chapters, anything besides second guessing what I submitted to an agent.

I'm all for tweeking queries and getting the words just right, but in order to be productive with the time I have, I learned to do my obessing before I send a query, not after.

How about you? What have you learned to do while waiting for responses to agents and publishers?

Til next time ~

DL Larson
PS: I wanted to share a bit of our big day with you: This is Amber and Josh ... and the cake! :)


Rob Walker said...

DL -- I jump right into another book so's not to go crazy...that is I used to when working with paper publishers....Nowadays as I am the only one waiting on the next kindle script, well...I kinda take more time between books...get more reading and relaxing in.

June said...

Hey, DL. I completely agree. My biggest waiting game is that I write and then have to stop because life gets in the way. But I find that when I get back into the story, suddenly I can make it so much better, so sometimes waiting is a good thing.

Lovely picture - thanks for sharing!


Deb Larson said...

I agree, Rob. I like to make my ideas into reality as soon as possible.
June ~ I too love coming back to my WIP after being away for awhile. I'm excited to read where I stopped and ready to get back into the action.
Thanks for stopping by today!
DL Larson

Morgan Mandel said...

Lovely wedding photo!
As for the waiting game, I refuse to play it any more with publishers and agents. I'm too old for that. The only thing I'm waiting for now is getting my rights back to my first two books.

Morgan Mandal

Deb Larson said...

I'm so much happier now that I have my rights back to my two books as well! But it a bit like starting over - heck, it is starting over!! But in a good way.
Thanks for sharing.
DL Larson