30 Jan

One of the most difficult things about being at this stage in my writing career is learning patience. Normally I’m a very patient person, but when it comes to my writing it is incredibly hard. Over the next week or two there are a couple of deadlines for hearing about publications and grants and I am absolutely champing at the bit to find out if I’ve been successful. Either of them would mean quite a big move forward in terms of exposure and legitimacy, so I’m getting increasing anxious about hearing the results. Just to add to the anticipation I’m finally on my Christmas holidays (I know it’s the end of January, but there you are), so I’ve got even more time to sit staring at the phone and obsessively checking my email.

But that brings me to the next thing that I think a writer needs, and that is persistence. It’s lovely to dream about success, but you also have to be realistic, so I’ve already started thinking about next year’s grant application, and have arranged to go to workshops and perform at a reading at the Glasgow Aye Write festival. Both of these will look good on the cv, but more importantly will improve my skills as a writer and hopefully help me move towards the goal of publication.

Well, after the Patience and the Persistence comes the Procrastination – no more for today, on with the editing.


One Response to “Patience”

  1. Lyka Ricks January 31, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. ~Calvin Coolidge obtained from Persistence Quotes


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