Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Waiting Game

I am playing the waiting game, my least favorite part of writing. It's the part where you send off a proposal -- so happy to see it go, so relieved it seems to work -- and then start worrying that it's terrible. Should you continue to write on it or move on or stand around staring into dusty corners? Will that call ever come saying the material is a go or a no go? Ack!

We all play it. With agents, with editors, with CPs.

What is your least favorite part of writing and how do you cope with it?

Sorry this is so short, the floor guys are here and kicking us out of the house. If someone would like to post additional information or use this to ask other questions, etc...please feel free.

5 comments:

Paty Jager said...

Hope you do something fun while you're kicked out of your house, Alice.

My least favorite thing about writing is the research to find the right agent or editor to send the ms to. I HATE that part. The whole reason I am now working to find an agent. They can figure out the best editor for the work.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

I'm so glad you posted today, Alice. I just remembered we'd chatted about you possibly being gone. (Yes, my brain isn't working because it's stuck somewhere in Miami knee-deep in revisions.)

Okay, least favorite part of writing. I think the halfway point of a book. It's ALWAYS the point where I go, "OMG. This totally SUCKS! I am the worst writer ever. No one in their right mind will want to read this. I'm wasting my time."

Of course, I always push through, get to the end and then think, "Man, I'm brilliant," (LOL) but still, that halfway point stinks.

My favorite part of writing? (I know you didn't ask this but I'm a "the glass is half full kind of girl. I like to look to the good as well as the bad." My favorite part happened this morning. You send your baby off into the world, to an agent or editor - in this case it was Lisa - and nearly tear out all your eyelashes waiting, then you get an email (or phone call - your pick) saying, "This is wonderful. I love it! You did awesome!!!" (Can you tell Lisa's my favorite person today???) There's nothing like hearing something you wrote works. Especially when that something is outside your normal writing boundaries.

Have a great time at the beach!

Alice Sharpe said...

Yep, we're in Depot Bay at a bed and breakfast overlooking the channel. The dh is drinking a glass of wine and watching the ocean on a chair next to the jacuzzi and I am checking in with you guys.

Paty, I don't like that part, either. I had an idea while driving today that isn't going to lend itself to an Intrigue and I want to give it a try, but it will take an agent, I think, to help it find a home -- if it could find a home.

And Eli, that's fabulous news. This is the paranormal, right, and she loves it? How awesome are you? Congrats. I don't like the 1/2 way point, either. Scary place that 1/2 way point....

Karen Duvall said...

I have to go with Eli on the mid-point thing. I have a crisis of confidence at that point and have to really buck up to make it through. After that, it's fabulous. 8^)

I can tell you the waiting for an agent's response isn't much fun. I have no problem occupying myself with a new project in the mean time because the one I'm working on now gives me butterflies just thinking about it, but I want a freaking answer from these harried agents who hold my future in their capable hands! Just kidding. Sort of. What I'd really like is for other writers to stop querying the agents I've submitted to so that they can devote all their attention to me. Yeah, that's the ticket. It's all about me. Snort.

Lori Barber said...

Alice, Just have to tell you this so you can be completely jealous. We found an area in one corner of the kitchen that the floor guys missed...so they are returning on Tuesday to sand and seal the spot. I can't tell you how ecstatic I am to remove everything from my counters again and re-dust all the surfaces once more when they've finished. They said we won't have to move out this time, (We went to the coast last time too.) but windows and doors will be flung open to flush out the smell.

To add another layer of jealousy, I'm expecting the carpet guy any minute to tack the carpet in the doorway of two rooms. Man, life can't get more exciting than this! Who needs a great view of the beach when I'll have my own roar of the sander, and a whirlwind of dust thick enough to make me ask..."We aren't in Oregon anymore,are we Toto?"

My least favorite things about writing...research, writing the query and synopsis, and researching publishers and getting things ready to send out. Doesn't leave much out does it! LOL