Are you good at waiting? I'll confess, I'm not too great at it. And if there is anything I've learned in the publishing game is that waiting is very much a part of the way it works. Waiting to hear from an agent, waiting to get contest results back, waiting to hear from an editor, waiting for cover art...waiting.
It is easy to be paralyzed by the waiting involved...and I confess, I've allowed this to happen to me before. I've gotten stuck doing nothing but waiting instead of being productive while I'm waiting.
I'm currently waiting for some news on a project or two, and rather than climb the walls, I'm getting busy. I've got one novel plotted out, and I'm working on another one. I've got a finished novel ready to submit to a publisher, and I've got two more in that series to flesh out.
If I keep busy, I can stop focusing on the thing I'm waiting for and distract myself with a new project. This is a win-win, since it keeps me from feeling like one big knee-jiggle all the time and keeps me productive while I wait.
So what do you do while you're waiting? Are you successful at waiting?