Growing up in the city meant waiting for buses and trains. To guarantee myself a seat and ease the boredom, I'd often walk several blocks to another bus stop. We didn't have Kindles or Nooks back then, and carrying a library book added too much weight to my school bag.
All through life, we wait:
- For our birthday
- For a big holiday
- For graduation
- For our soulmate
- For a book contract
Waiting doesn't have to be a passive activity. It took me eight years to get that elusive contract and agent. While I was in that season, I:
- Blogged and built relationships with other writers
- Joined Facebook and Twitter
- Wrote a second book
- Wrote, submitted, and received acceptances for non-fiction pieces
- Learned all I could about the publishing business and writing
- Went to workshops and met publishing professionals at conferences
- And...prayed that God would open the right doors.
Did I get tired, discouraged, and want to quit? Yup. Did I? Nope. Preparing for the time when a contract became a reality kept me focused on the goal: getting my work before readers.
Writers: What methods do you use to keep your eyes on the goal while still living in the present?
Readers: How do you keep a balance between the present and the future?
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