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I’m a bit stuck. I have probably gone as far as I can go with writing my book on my own. I want readers. Feedback. Response. Interaction with an audience. The blog helps, especially when you tell me that you’ve read a post. You keep me going, keep me writing, keep me working on getting this book published.

Last week I gave the first five chapters to a fellow writer to read and critique. I also gave ten chapters to a friend who has an idea for vetting the story to a film director. Amazing! But now that I’ve placed the chapters in the hands of others, it is hard to keep writing while I’m waiting. Finishing such a major work, one that has been percolating in my head and heart for years, leaves the inevitable question – WHAT NEXT? What do I do while waiting for responses from readers, editors, and eventually agents and potential publishers? WRITE, you say. So, you’ve noticed an increase in blog posts. But is that real WRITING??? It is, but not the same as writing a memoir, novel or a short story.

So, I’ve looked at notes on the computer, the beginning of a novel, a play and several short stories. I’ve read John Kelly‘s article “I have plenty of books in me. Now, do I want to write any…” None of my ideas excite my imagination today. There are more stories in me, stories happening around me at this moment. Am I missing the present moment while WAITING for the next book or the responses from my readers? Waiting for Godot? Be here, now, Joann.

What parts of my story do you want to hear?