After a while, the Big Wait becomes a part of us. It’s on our mind, an annoying companion always there, one who whispers things like, “See that guy over there in line? The one with the red face and steam coming out of his ears? No way he could be a writer. He’d never survive me. How’re you holding up?”
The Big Wait can be tough. Really, we’re waiting to find out if our submission is right for someone’s list, if they love it and think it will sell, if working with us on the project will be worth their time and effort. What if the response is none of the above? Unfortunately, that’s most often the case. But we keep trying because our writing success is that important to us. It. Just. Is.
So, how do we writers keep from: giving up, melting down, throwing our computers out the window, punching out the next person who asks if we’ve heard yet? Not sure, but we manage. Most of the time. Since we all have to deal with the Big Wait, let’s think about ways to deal with it. Wait, here’s some now:
- Start a new project that isn’t writing related.
- Get caught up on all the life stuff we left hanging when this writing project became all there was.
- Spend time with someone who will be able to talk us down off the I-can’t-do-this-anymore ledge.
- Try not to think about it. I know. Sorry.
- Research a topic we’d love to write a story or an article about.
- Read. Always a good decision.
- Make a list of Big Wait busters and share it with waiting writers everywhere.