Learning Patience

July beauty from Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park

Once again, I welcome a new month with a blog hop from the Insecure Writers’ Support Group. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and this month’s cohosts Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key, and Doreen McGettigan. Check out their helpful resources for writers, including an upcoming Twitter pitch event, here:


July 5 Question: What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

I’ve learned patience–or rather, I’m learning patience. It’s a struggle, because I’m an impatient, over-caffeinated achievement junkie.

I queried my first two novels too soon. Of course, I didn’t know any better at the time–they felt done to me, and I was itchy for forward progress toward my dream of publication. The more you learn, the more you know, right?

My current WIP is moving forward at a snail’s pace, but it’s moving forward and is more substantial, more layered, more suspenseful and emotionally meaty than my previous stories.

It soothes my impatient ego to hear published writers tell about their first, unpublished novels—sometimes just a few, sometimes a trunkful. And on one of my favorite podcasts, The Creative Penn, author Joanna Penn asserts that an indie author can make a good income when she has twenty books out. Twenty!

To paraphrase Penn, what would you rather be doing with your time? I’d rather be writing. Onward!

Here’s wishing you a juicy, joyful July.

7 thoughts on “Learning Patience

  1. patgarcia

    Good choice. I can guarantee that you’ll never stop learning patience. Sure you become quieter as you acquire more and more experience, but patience is one of those lessons that a writer never fully learn. When we reach one level the next level of patience comes.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G at Everything Must Change

  2. Lee

    I think you have hit on a point all writers find challenging from time to time. I find my lack of patience results in my number one complaint about my own writing process – I need to be patient with the process and get the first, imperfect draft finished. It does help to hear about other author’s experiences – especially those who are published.

  3. Stephanie Faris

    No harm there. I was like you when I started out. I just jumped in and started writing. When I was finished, I started querying. The only thing that meant was that I wrote a LOT of words that never sold. The thing is, I STILL learned…I just learned while moving rather than sitting still, as many people do, if that makes sense. Every word I wrote helped me learn and grow. I’m just that way. “By all means, keep moving” should be my motto!

  4. C.D. Gallant-King

    Patience is a good one. When I wrote my first novel some 15 years ago, I rushed to query/submit it, got no bites, and then gave up quickly. Then, when I started self-publishing, I rushed my first book to Amazon. I’ve been learning lessons the hard way for years. It would be really nice if I learned my lessons in advance. 🙁


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