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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:

http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

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It soothes my impatient ego to hear published writers tell about their first, unpublished novels—sometimes just a few, sometimes a trunkful.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.