Friday, August 17, 2012
Post by Dylan
Being thankful and being patient are two aspects of writing that come with the territory. When I talk about being thankful I mean that I am thankful that I am not a published author yet. When I talk about being patient…well, I pretty sure all writers have learned this lesson.
Now, what spurred me to write this article was a particularly morbid post from epic fantasy author John Marco. In that post he mentioned that his latest novel, one that he sent off to be edited two years ago, is being pushed back from its November 2012 date to April 2013. When I read this, I could only think of what that would be like to experience, especially as an author that has already published two series.
This is where being thankful that I am not yet a published author comes into the equation. As a fledgling writer it is too easy to become down on one’s self and simply want to get to being a professional. However, something we usually take for granted is all the stress-free creative freedom. As an unpublished and uncontracted author we are free from all the stress of edits that can loom over your head for upwards of two years in John Marco’s case. We can write whatever we want whenever we want and for that I am truly thankful.
Being patient is something that even as an unpublished author we can connect with. While it might not be quite as stressful as awaiting edits, it is certainly a thorn in any writer’s side. Patience is a virtue and sometimes it is very hard to tap in to. But as writers we have to embrace this patience because if we simply throw our words about haphazardly we will never reach our full potential.
So as a published or unpublished writer remember to be patient, because that patience and allowing your words to stew can be the difference between mediocrity and greatness. And as an unpublished author don’t take your creative position for granted. For John Marco, I only wish the best for him and hope that he keeps up his seemingly endless optimism.
Have you ever had any times as a writer that really tried your patience? When were they?
Posted by Dylan Book Reader at 5:55 AM