Friday, February 20, 2015

Top Ten Ways to Test A Writer's Patience (or How to Drive A Writer Crazy)


 
One of these things does not belong:

·         I am impatient

·         I am an extrovert

·         I require immediate gratification

·         I am an author

It is possible, given the traits listed above, that I couldn’t have picked a more ill-fitted career for myself than writing. In a previous post, it was duly noted that the publication process takes time, in fact, everything in the world of a writer takes time—lots and lots of time—and this got me thinking.
Here then, without further ado, are the:

Top Ten Ways to Test a Writer’s Patience
Or How to Drive a Writer Crazy
 

1.      The WIP

Writing takes forever.



2.      Blog Posts

Waiting for people to read your blog.


3.      Twitter
Watching your feed for retweets or replies.


4.      Facebook

Why doesn’t anyone share?

 
5.      Query Letters

Staring at an empty inbox.

 
6.      Partial Requests

Initial panic.

Followed by:

Staring at an empty inbox.

 
7.      Full Requests

Freaking out.

Followed by …
You guessed it:

Staring at an empty inbox.

 
8.      Signing a contract

Celebration!

Followed by:

How long till it’s published?


9.      Publication process

So. Many. Steps.

 
10. Publication

Sending your baby out into the world.

Followed by:

Your first interaction with readers.


Bonus:

Remembering why you started this journey in the first place.

 
If you like what you see, pop over to my website where I'm giving away free copies of my sexy, short story, Italian Delicacy, to anyone who signs up for my author newsletter!
 
But please, don't take too long. :)
 
  
In gratitude,
Marissa xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 comments:

  1. Oh, how I can relate. :) Remembering the Bonus is the only way to get through it all. That, and the reminder that this is supposed to be fun, damn it. Fun. lol

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    1. lol Laughter is the best medicine. We writers are resilient creatures, or crazy. Up for debate. ;) xo
      In gratitude,
      Marissa

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  2. LOL You pretty much told the story of my life in gifs. I'm so proud! LOL

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    1. Lol. Misery loves company. :D
      In gratitude,
      Marissa

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  3. OMG this is HYSTERICAL! And SO VERY TRUE!
    A watched inbox never refreshes? Is that a truism for the digital age?
    ;)

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    1. Thanks, Liv. Lol If not, it should be. :)
      In gratitude,
      Marisa

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  4. LOL. So true & soso FUNNY! Great post!

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    1. Thanks, Janice. I'm glad you liked it! :)
      In gratitude,
      Marissa

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  5. What a great post. I actually laughed out loud!!! Congrats!

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    1. Thanks, Cathrina. :D it's a good thing we can laugh at it all! ;) lol
      In gratitude,
      Marissa

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    1. Thanks, Heather! :D xo
      In gratitude,
      Marissa

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  7. Haaaaa!! I've only gotten through about half of that process and my fingernails have already been destroyed!! Patience is not my forte either!

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