The Art of Waiting

I am currently in the strange position of waiting on all on my projects. A couple of things are waiting on feedback and decisions, and a novel and a screenplay are in the brewing stage, where I've deliberately left them alone to gain some much-needed perspective. So, what is a writer to do? Here are five dos and don'ts of waiting gracefully. DON'T refresh your email all day and night With most of us having our email literally at our fingertips, it's very tempting to stay glued to your inbox. The very instant that success, rejection or those vital notes arrive, you will know it! I have a weird habit of avoiding my most-wanted email - I will check Gmail's Social and Promotions tags and empty Spam before reading The One. It's either avoidance or saving the best 'til last... DO take a break from devices This is an important point at all writing stages, but it's particularly relevant here. Getting out and experiencing life gives...
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Waiting for Go

I hate waiting. I am an extremely impatient person. The acquiring of a smartphone was such a blessing because I finally had something to do while waiting for appointments, friends to show, trains to arrive. Right now, I'm waiting to hear back from six different writing opportunities. Two - Laughing Stock and Phill Barron - have graciously kept me updated at regular intervals. Another is one of my friends, who I know has started a new job. One month of waiting down, probably another one to go. There's a competition I submitted for that I haven't heard a whisper from, so I'm assuming a silent rejection on that front. And then someone I hit up for a short collaboration and an answer to a Mandy.com ad, which left my inbox barely two days ago. Obviously, I'm not expecting a response to those just yet, but they're adding to my pile. Surely, someone wants to e-mail me! Then I remember that it's Saturday and normal people have lives. Time...
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