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Tic Toc

I’ve been asked several times recently by readers when I’ll have new material coming out. The truth of the matter is that I don’t know. One of the toughest parts of being a writer is being patient while being in the dark. I know how quickly I write, and it’s not that fast. I’m picky and obsessive, and I can’t stop editing until the story reads right and generates the emotion I want. But while I’m writing, I have control. I know how fast I produce material and I know where I am in the process. That control vanishes once I send off that manuscript to others.

It’s at this point that time can slow to a crawl. Writers are busy people, but so are agents and editors. They need time to do their thing, and they receive a lot of queries, partials, and full manuscripts. I’m just one cog in the big wheel that turns ever so slowly… Of course, having a writer’s mind doesn’t help. With no visibility, I don’t know if my material is being discussed excitedly, still on the bottom of the pile, or has slipped behind a desk with dust bunnies and lost pens.

In the end, the only thing left to do is keep writing and sending out more material – which I can report I am doing! Yet in the back of my mind, I’m aware that the clock keeps ticking away and time keeps slipping by. They say that the best things come to those who wait and who work hard. I’m doing both, so hopefully I’ll soon have something new to report – and you’ll have something new to read!

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