Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Impatience

One of these days my impatience is going to kill me. Seriously.

So I'm on my way home from the mall. The car in front of me slams on their brakes. Momentarily distracted, I look up and do the same. Closer. Closer. I'm not gonna make it . . . I veer to the shoulder. Phew!

In the meantime, I'm sitting in a small triangle between the highway and an on-ramp. The fella coming up the on-ramp lays on his horn. I'm not moving. I wait for him to pass. He doesn't. Intead, he just continues to honk. Frustrated and impatient, I floor the gas pedal and continue on to my exit.

BTW, did I happen to mention that I live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metromess?

So what happens? I let this bozo with the horn ruin my good mood. I run through the drive-thru at Taco Bell, in desperate need of a Tex-Mex fix. As I'm turning onto the main road, another car, pulling out of the parking lot across the street, pulls into the same lane I'm pulling into. And as I'm getting ready to lay on the horn, the Holy Spirit gently whispers, "She didn't see you."

It seems every where I go, I'm in a rush. Not that I run late, it's just that I only have so many hours in a day and more things to do than I have hours. Or so I think.

Writers can be an impatient lot too. I remember when I first started writing. I'd finished my first manuscript before I ever joined a writer's group. When I did, I found out that what I had was a really bad first draft. Someone pointed out POV. I needed to learn it. I did and quickly rewrote things with clear POV. Then that same person said, "Um, okay. Now we need to discuss GMC." What? My goal is to get this book published, my motivation is because I am destined to be the next Nora Roberts (I was writing secular at the time), and my conflict is that this woman keeps telling me something else I needed to learn. Couldn't she just give me a check list?

God's taught me a lot since then. Aside from GMC, He's taught me to write for Him and to wait on His timing.

Do/did you ever get impatient on your journey toward publication? Do you ever feel like you should have been published yesterday? How do you handle those thoughts?

7 comments:

  1. Mindy,

    All I've got to say is that I hope you and my Darrell never get on the same road.........You two are so much alike !! Some days when we are out, I count the number of drivers he complains about !!!! Be safe out there !!!

    Cuz Wendy

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  2. LOL Cuz Wendy!

    I'll bet Mindy hadn't been by Sonic that day for her Diet Coke. :)

    Great post, btw. Initially I thought publishing would be so easy and that I should have been published with the rest of them. However in learning more about craft, I realized I wasn't ready to become published.

    It has helped me to write Christian Fiction and realize who I'm truly writing for to learn patience. As you said, it's all in His time.

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  3. Oh yeah, I'd had my diet Coke. I think that ended up being a two-Coke day :-)

    Wendy, since that day, I'm striving to do better. Tell Darrell to cool his jets :-)

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  4. Mindy,
    You really "hit the nail on the head" for me this morning. I am 2 or 3 chapters away from being finished with my 1st, very rough, draft. I can't wait to finish so I can set it aside for a couple of days before beginning the editing process.

    Thanks for a great article!!

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  5. Edwina,

    I'm so glad you found some encouragement in my story. Yes, the fact that I have perservered through the highs and lows of writing is proof that God has called me to do it. And I have to remind myself every day that I'm doing it for Him, not me.

    Hang in there.

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  6. Mindy,
    Patience, huh? Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. But I know it's better than it used to be. I'm stepping back a little more than before, which is good.
    The Atl traffic is probably a lot like your area. Some days I drive 68 miles one way---but I stay to the right and try not to let the crazies bother me. (sometimes, though...)
    thanks for the post.

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  7. I attended a workshop once with two or three agents, and one said the biggest mistake she sees from writers is that they're in too much of a hurry and submit too soon. I tried to take that to heart. And then it took over 10 years to get published! So I guess I really took it to heart well. :)

    Great post, Mindy.

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