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I finished my first full length novel last year on Valentine’s Day. If there is one thing that I’ve learned since then is patience. I was ready to have it published independently by Summer. I revised it a few times, had it read by critique partners and beta readers, did lots of edits in between, […]

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  • Julie FlandersMarch 5, 2014 - 11:01 AM

    It’s great that waiting turned out to be the right thing for you even though you didn’t plan it. Sometimes life has a way of working out that way I guess. Patience is so hard for me but it’s something I’m always working on. Love the quote you shared.

    It’s great to meet you through the IWSG!ReplyCancel

  • LucindaMarch 5, 2014 - 11:10 AM

    Thanks for stopping by, Julie! I really hadn’t planned on waiting, but I’m glad I’m taking the time now.ReplyCancel

  • AJ LauerMarch 5, 2014 - 11:54 AM

    Waiting is definitely a difficult thing! Patience with myself with regards to my writing is definitely a weakness for me. I’m glad that it is working out for you!

    AJ @ Naturally Sweet
    An A-Z Cohost

  • Diane BurtonMarch 5, 2014 - 12:33 PM

    Patience. That’s a toughie. It takes so much patience to let a ms sit and percolate. When we return to it, we see things so much clearer. Congrats on finishing the book. That’s a great accomplishment.ReplyCancel

  • LucindaMarch 5, 2014 - 1:41 PM

    Thanks, AJ! Patience with writing is hard!
    Thanks for stopping by, Diane! It’s true, things are clearer after waiting a while.ReplyCancel

  • Marie AndreasMarch 5, 2014 - 2:26 PM

    Great blog! I’d have to say the biggest thing for me has been patience, both with the process, and for myself.

    I set a lead of a full year for my Indie publishing adventure and that kind of helped me relax and not feel like I need to get things out there NOW!ReplyCancel

  • Diane RigginsMarch 5, 2014 - 3:27 PM

    Great post. One thing I’ve learned is to have patience and things will happen when they are supposed to. I try to have a few different projects I’m working on at a time and I’ve found that to be overwhelming so I’ve stopped doing that and focus on one project at a time.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa MaygroveMarch 5, 2014 - 4:09 PM

    Waiting IS hard.

    I had a similar experience with my first WIP. I’m glad I waited. I’m debuting with my third. 🙂

    IWSG #268 (until Alex culls the list again or I goof and get myself deleted. :P)ReplyCancel

  • ilimaMarch 5, 2014 - 4:25 PM

    Waiting is SO hard. But worth it for sure. We writers are patient people! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Patricia LynneMarch 5, 2014 - 4:32 PM

    Waiting is tough, but so worth it. Good luck with holding your patience and your book.ReplyCancel

  • HolliMarch 5, 2014 - 6:41 PM

    I agree–patience is one of the toughest things to learn in this business. But rushing to publish something is never a great idea. There is usually time to give your ideas and books some breathing space.

    As for me, something I’ve learned is that my work is worth something. I used to feel like I was so lucky if an agent requested a partial, or someone hired me. I still do feel fortunate, but I had to learn that my writing has value and that I should be equally sure that everyone I’m working with is the right fit for me, too…not just jump at any offer that comes my way. I’m learning to see the value in what I do.ReplyCancel

  • LucindaMarch 5, 2014 - 7:05 PM

    Marie, that is so true- enjoying the process is part of the journey.

    Thanks for stopping by, Diane. I work like that as well, one project at a time. Less overwhelming.

    Congrats on your 3rd book, Melissa!

    Ilima, I think we writers have to learn to be patient.

    Thanks, Patricia!

    Holli, that’s good advice. Wait for the right opportunity is wroth the waiting.

    Thank you all for visiting!ReplyCancel

  • Pat HattMarch 5, 2014 - 7:39 PM

    Taking the time can sure be the thing to do. Too bad I’m kinda impatient with all the hoop jumping at my zoo hahaReplyCancel

  • Sommer LeighMarch 5, 2014 - 8:19 PM

    Wow, our posts have some similar themes this month! I learned a lot of the same lessons you did, but probably the biggest was to trust my gut, but seek a second opinion just in case. Sometimes we are either too eager to flatter ourselves or too quick to accept defeat. I’m starting to really understand life in between.

    And totally off topic but I love your blog design. It’s really clean and pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettiganMarch 5, 2014 - 11:17 PM

    Patience is definitely something I have learned I needed LOTS of if I want to continue writing books.
    You are right the waiting really is a good thing as long as you are working on something while you are waiting (editing, marketing, business etc…)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle WallaceMarch 6, 2014 - 7:30 AM

    I’ve learnt that a little bit at a time is the way to go.
    If I set one achievable goal a day, no matter how small, and meet that goal, then I’ve done well.

    And it’s a waiting game. Patience is the keyword.
    Writer In TransitReplyCancel

  • Charity BradfordMarch 6, 2014 - 9:17 AM

    Being patient is a hard one to learn. The other lessons I’ve had to accept is that sometimes being patient means actually waiting to write. Life has to be lived too even when we’d rather hide and do nothing but live in our fantasy worlds.

    And the most recent lesson was to let go of past hurts. They can weigh you don’t and stifle the creative juices.ReplyCancel

  • LucindaMarch 6, 2014 - 9:46 AM

    Thanks for the visit, Pat!

    Thank you for the compliment on the blog design, Sommer! And I totally agree, it’s hard to know where to trust and where to take another opinion.

    Absolutely, Doreen- taking another project while waiting goes without saying.

    Charity, yes, unfortunately there are so many things that can weigh down creativity.ReplyCancel

  • Alex J. CavanaughMarch 6, 2014 - 4:32 PM

    Tough to wait, but I bet the changes in your manuscript will make it ten times better.
    I’ve learned that I must do more than I ever thought possible and that it will be worth it in the end.ReplyCancel

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