What’s the difference between waiting and being patient? The definition of waiting is the action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time or event, whereas the definition of patience is being able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.
Of course, I’m talking agents and their timetables here. At the best times, we newby writers turn our handcrafted, lovingly created manuscripts over to an agent – and then we wait. I compounded this by turning mine over to an agent who then had a baby – more delay! But this is the long game, isn’t it?
Finally she’s contacted me saying she likes the story – do I have more books planned? What’s it like to get that email? It feels pretty good! I sent her the synopsis of the next book in the series that I am currently writing along with my other ideas. That was last week. I haven’t heard back from her yet.
This week I’d like to think I’m being patient. I’d like to think I can tolerate these delays without becoming annoyed or anxious. The truth is, I realise that this is just another stage of the writer’s journey and there is a long way to go. And I give my gratitude for each step along the way and celebrate because who knows – it may all come to naught. So am I waiting or am I being patient? A little of both seemingly.